Emperor William Monument, Porta Westfalica

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A large number of monuments were erected in Germany in honour of Emperor William I (known in German as Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal). As early as 1867 the Berlin sculptor, Friedrich Drake, had created the first equestrian statue, that portrayed William I as the King of Prussia. To date the Prussian Monument Institute (Preu├čische Denkmal-Institut) has recorded:

63 equestrian statues

231 standing statues

5 seated statues and

126 buststhat were created and erected between 1888 and 1918 in the German-speaking region. In addition there are numerous William I monuments on which the emperor is portrayed in a relief medallion or which commemorates the emperor in a dedicatory inscription. During the "imperial era" 28 Emperor William I towers were also built.

They are most commonly known in English sources as Emperor William monuments or Kaiser Wilhelm monuments.
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  • I learned about this monument by coincidence when someone shared its pictures on internet and decided immediatelly to go to see it in real. I was amazed and definitelly not regret two hours of...  more »
  • Wonderful monument! I visit to admire every weekend. I can only recommend it to everyone. suitable for walking and admiring  more »
  • Beautiful views, history and lots of information about the Prussian empire of Germany. Also there's a classy restaurant !
  • Impressive place with a stunning view over the land. Many times passing by this place down the valley watching this old emperor up the hill I asked myself how the country would look like from his position and what he sees? Finally I drove the 15min up the hill, took the few 100m walk from the car park to his monument - and was amazed...
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