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Friday, July 6, 2012

World Heritage Sites; Part Five

The Prussian Versailles
By – Pradeep Kumar Mallik, Patna

In 1990, under the protection of UNESCO, Sanssouci and its extensive gardens placed on the list of World Heritage Sites with the following citation:

“The palace and park of Sanssouci, often described as the ‘Prussian Versailles’, are a synthesis of the artistic movements of the 18th century in the cities and courts of Europe. That ensemble is a unique example of the architectural creations and landscape design against the backdrop of the intellectual background of monarchic ideas of the state”.

Potsdam is a city in northeastern Germany, capital of the state of Brandenburg. Potsdam, mentioned first in the 10th century, acquired some importance when the Great Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick William (1620-88) established his residence there. Potsdam housed a small garrison from 1640 onwards; the site’s military function was strengthened by the young Prussian monarchy. Also the Prussian rulers have been impressed by that city just next door to the metropolis Berlin.
Read complete article in Issue no.58 of “ITS Stamp News”

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