Monday, March 25, 2013

German officials

These are some of the german officials cards that i received in the last 4 months. I've received 2 or 3 other officials but the cards are from other countries. 

Gerh, Kaifer.
 DE-1817418, sent by Rebecca.
This is a card from Ostwestfalen-Lippe, a region in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and shows the Hermannsdenkmal. This monument commemorates the Cherusci war chief Hermann or Armin (Latin: Arminius) and the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in which the Germanic tribes under Arminius recorded a decisive victory in 9 AD over three Roman legions under Varus. At the time it was built, the location of the statue was believed to have been very near the actual site of the battle, though it is now known through excavations that the battle actually happened near Kalkriese, a considerable distance to the west and north of the monument.
Construction for the 53.46 m (173.39 ft) tall statue was started in 1841, but not completed until 1875 with the help of substantial funds from the state of Prussia. - in: wikipedia

Hanseatischer Verlag - Lubeck
DE-1837494, sent by Irena.
There are about 20 bridges in the Speicherstadt in Hamburg, this is one of them.

Photo by G. Schneider
 DE-1872833, sent by Silke.
The Brandenburg Gate was commisioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace. The Gate was designed by Karl Gotthard Langhans, the Court Superintendent of Buildings, and the main architectural design of this landmark hasn't changed since it was first constructed in 1791. Ironically the gate was incorporated into the Berlin wall during the years of Communist government. The Brandenburg gate is probably the most well-known landmark in Berlin, it now stands as a symbol of the reunification of the two sides of this great city. - in: http://www.berlin-landmarks.com/brandenburg_gate.html

© Schoning GmbH & Co. KG
 DE-1921406, sent by Maria.
My 2nd card from Nuremberg and my 1st Christmas Market card. This one is called Christkindlesmarkt.
Nuremberg is a city in the German state of Bavaria.
Christkindlesmarkt is a Christmas market that is held annually in Nuremberg. It takes place during Advent in the Hauptmarkt, the central square in Nuremberg’s old town, and in adjoining squares and streets. With about two million visitors a year the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany and one of the most famous in the world. Every year the Christmas market begins on the Friday preceding the first Sunday in Advent and ends on December 24, unless that day is a Sunday. - in. wikipedia

Photo: Bavaria Luftbild Verlags GmbH
DE-2002357, sent by Uwe.
From the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, now there's a Speyer card. In the middle of the image stands out the city's cathedral, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981. It is considered "a major monument of Romanesque art in the German Empire".
In the cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight Holy Roman emperors and German kings.

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