On Guard

Statue 1

Statue 1

Here is a statue of Friedrich Wilhelm I – Frederick the Great.

He stands, in all weathers I might add, outside theΒ Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin.

Statue 2

Statue 2

I’ve always liked horse statues: mainly because I like horses! And apparently there is no truth in the rumour of the rider having died due to battle if one or two of the horses hooves are raised. Sometimes it is the case, most often, not.

(You know, all four feet on the ground, death had nothing to do with battle; one foot raised, died due to wounds sustained in battle; two feet raised, died in battle; three feet in the air, the horse is a show off!)

Statue 3

Statue 3

Here’s a close up of the miserable guy at the bottom; forever waiting his turn to have a ride!

 

Statue 4

Statue 4

And here’s an unusual angle, shot from behind. I took this through the upstairs window inside the palace. Just look at that magnificent hair. I mean the guy, not the horse’s tail, though they do look very similar! (Yes, I know it is a wig – but still!)

Grounds

Grounds

And finally, a view of the grounds, also from the upstairs window of the palace. It looks like someone is having a go at ‘paint by numbers’. They’ve already filled in quite a bit of white on the left hand side. I must say, it does look better.

When you have finished touring the palace inside and out, you can go to the excellent gift shop and buy tons of great gifts to take back to your friends!

 

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30 thoughts on “On Guard

  1. ulli

    I never noticed that the “Old Fritz” had a hairstyle like a ponytail, Scifi πŸ™‚
    One always sees his curls from the front.
    You had a good eye and my history-knowledge got a worthful extension πŸ˜‰
    Have a great time, Scifi.
    Greetings,
    Ulli

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  2. faburlifekhloe

    Very entertaining description, especially the wig and horse tail!!! lol πŸ˜€ As a horse lover, I can totally understand why you love horse statue. πŸ˜‰ It is simply beautiful. ❀ That massive park looks fantastic filled in white. Don't know how much they spent on just filling the white color πŸ˜› Wonderful post Sci! ❀ πŸ™‚

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      1. Joseph Nebus

        It’s something people really like believing. It sounds like the sort of thing that could be part of statue symbolism, certainly. It just happens not to be something statue-creators ever worried about.

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