Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bring Back The Berolina

Few people know that the Berolina, an allegorical female figure symbolizing Berlin, once graced Alexanderplatz. The Berolina was erected in 1895 and stood 7.55 m (24.77 ft). It depicted a woman dressed in a crown of oak leaves with an outstretched hand. It was one of the most famous landmarks in Berlin and used as a meeting point, a function now served by the famous Urania-Weltzeituhr (Worldtime Clock) erected in Alexanderplatz by the East Germans.

Even today, many elderly Berliners still remember the statue. Because of its popularity, the name "Berolina" is used by many companies throughout the city. There are even several songs, poems, and plays named "Berolina." Unfortunately, the Berolina was dismantled in 1944 and melted down for war purposes.

In 2000, the "Wiedererstellung und Pflege der Berolina e. V." (Recreation and Maintenance of Berolina e.V.) was created with the aim to rebuild the statue. If Berlin can spending millions to rebuild the Berliner Stadtschloss (project of dubious merit), it seems worthwhile to bring back this grand old dame. 

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