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Architecture Henry van de Velde Monuments

Ernst Abbe Monument in Jena

Ernst Abbe Monument in Jena

The monument to Ernst Abbe reminds me more of a temple than of a simple monument. A look through the glass increases the impression. The dainty image of the industrialist and social reformer Ernst Abbe rests on a massive herm and is optically framed by bronze plaques.

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Manhole Covers

Manhole cover in Jena

Manhole cover in Jena

The manhole covers of Jena display the city arms. In the middle, archangel Michael pushes a lance into a dragon’s mouth. The upright black lion refers to the Margraves of Meissen. Noteworthy is the bunch of grapes below the dragon.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Museums

Goethe and the incisive bone

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the incisive bone in Jena, Germany

This showcase in the Romantikerhaus in Jena recalls that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe also worked as a scientist. So he dealt with the incisive bone. Contrary to his assumption, he was not the discoverer of this bone.

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History

Grüne Tanne Inn in Jena

Grüne Tanne  Inn in Jena, Germany

In this inn the first German student fraternity (Burschenschaft) was founded in 1815. This Burschenschaft is therefore also called Urburschenschaft. An interesting detail can you see in the flag on top of the edifice. It shows an upside-down version of the modern German flag.

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Sculptures

Sculpture of the Erlkönig in Jena

Sculpture of the Erlkönig in Jena, GermanyThe location of this monument in a foggy area near the lea of the Saale River is obviously a good choice for representing a famous poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: ‘Erlkönig‘. It was created by Otto Späte in 1891 and is placed at the road between Wenigenjena and Kunitz.

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Universities

Karzer at the University of Jena

Karzer at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany

In Germany many universities had one or more dentention rooms for punishing students. Their German name was Karzer. The Karzer of the university of Jena is located behind this cross-barred window depicted above.