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Beautiful Potsdam!

Hi guys!

I have one more post on the beautiful buildings and sights of Potsdam.

Glienicker Brücke  (Glienicker Bridge): is a 128 meter x 22 meter bridge spanning over the Havel river and connecting the Wannsee district of Berlin with Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg built between 1906 and 1907. The bridge was a notorious location for exchanging  captured spies between the communist and capitalist “Germanies” during the Cold War. It has the nickname “Bridge of Spies”. Steven Spielberg’s movie Bridge of Spies (2015) starring Tom Hanks includes a major plot shot on the Bridge. There are signposts on both sides of the bridge that say “Germany and Europe were divided here until 18:00 on 10. November 1989”

Alexandrowka: it is a set of  houses built for 12 Russian singers who were the surviving members of a 62-men choir made up of soldiers. They were built between 1826 and 1827 under Emperor Friedrich Wilhelm III and named after Czar Alexander 1. It is one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Potsdam.

Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church: is a historic Russian orthodox church around Alexandrowka. It is actually the oldest Russian orthodox church in Germany, built between 1826 and 1829. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. 

Landtag of Brandenburg: is the Brandenburg State Parliament

Einstein Haus Caputh: Located 6 kilometers south of Potsdam, this was Albert Einstein’s house from 1929 to 1932.

Einsteinturm (Einstein Tower): is an astrophysical observatory built from 1919 to 1921 located in Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam. Built by Erich Mendelsohn, it houses the solar telescope which supports the experiments to validate (or disprove) Einstein’s Relativity Theory.

Model of the Einstein Tower

Belvedere auf dem Pfingstberg (Belvedere on the Pfingstberg): is a palace located on the Pfingstberg mountain and was built between 1847 and 1863. The twin-towered building was modeled on Italian Renaissance architecture.