Photographer's Note

The Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin’s most magnificent square. It is best known for the architectural trio composed of the German and French cathedrals (Deutscher und Französischer Dom) and Schinkel’s Konzerthaus (concert hall).

The square dates back to 1700, part of King Friedrick I’s plan for Friedrickstadt, an emerging new quarter of Berlin, where the recently expelled French Protestants or Huguenots had settled following the Edict of Potsdam in 1685 which granted them asylum in the Prussian capital. The name is in fact of French origin as “Gens d ’arms” which was a Prussian regiment consisting of Huguenots soldiers.

Gendarmenmarkt is also a great place to wander around and soak in the atmosphere. Some of Berlin’s most glamorous hotels and restaurants are in this part of town. Now part of re-built Mitte, it has become a lively urban space with its frequent performances at the concert hall. A lively Christmas market and ice rink opens for the entire festive season from the first of Advent to the New Year.


On the delightful Gendarmenmarkt square stand a statue of Friedrich Schiller, who along with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was one of the greatest of all Germanic poets. This lovely statue manages to convey the very essence of this great 18th century poet: a romantic figure braving the turmoil of emotions. Together with his friend Goethe he was a proponent of the 'Sturm und Drang' literary movement which encouraged the free expression of emotion, passion and of course, the birth of a national identity.


This picture shows the statue of Schiller against the dome of the German Dom, both braving the turmoil of the Christmas market below.



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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2308 W: 34 N: 4020] (22885)
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