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A more traditional postcard shot of Windhoek taken from the steps of the Alte Feste (Old Fortress and now a museum). The building was the headquarters for the imperial German Schutztruppe (colonial military force) during German colonisation of Namibia (previously German South-West Africa). The statue in the foreground is the Reiterdenkmal (equestrian monument) more commonly known as the Südwester Reiter (Rider of South-West). The controversial memorial to the fallen commemorates German colonial soldiers and civilians killed in the Nama and Herero wars and has been the cause of much argument. The memorial was proposed by Colonel Ludwig von Estorff, designed by German sculptor Adolf Kürle, and unveiled by German governor Dr Theodore Seitz in 1912, the birthday of Kaiser Wilhelm.

The building just behind and to the left of the statue is the National Bank of Namibia building and the one at the far right rear is the new Hilton Hotel, interesting designed by Jaco Wasserfall, the same architect who designed the FNCC (see my last upload).

Looking through the gap between the buildings you can see how small Namibia’s capital is, the greenery pretty much ends at the boundaries of the city and the hills form a circle around all sides of Windhoek which sits in the centre of the bowl they form.

I am uploading two versions of this shot. If you have time I would appreciate some feedback on the editing as I am trying to fine tune the PP work which I find quite challenging with the Sony RAW format. Is one any ‘cleaner’ than the other?

More about the statue can be read here http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMG3NV_Equestrian_monument_Reiterdenkmal

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