Potsdam Ruin Hill

Potsdam Ruin Hill


Artificial Roman ruins in Brandenburg

At first glance, Potsdam’s Ruined Hill looks like a place with remnants of antiquity. In addition to an amphitheater wall with arches and windows, the Norman Tower, a truncated pyramid and a round temple with Tuscan columns are located here, among other things. However, this particular ensemble is not “real”, but was specially created here in 1748. At that time Frederick the Great had a water reservoir built on the hill to irrigate the fountains in the neighboring Sanssouci Park. The various ruins were intended for embellishment or decoration and eventually gave the hill the name “Ruinenberg”. Today, Potsdam’s Ruin Hill is a popular photo motif for tourists.


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