The Old Market was once one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. He formed together with the Steubenplatz the center of the city of Potsdam. The bombing of Potsdam in 1945, the demolition of the remains of the city palace in 1961 and the subsequent overbuilding, especially with extensive traffic areas have destroyed the historic center and deprived the Old Market urban life.
The interplay of different architectures is unbelievable ... the development of the city is almost tangible here ... and every Potsdamer can tell a different story to this place ... from a tram track ... to a metal theater up to the present one appearance ... worth seeing ...
Overall, "Old Market" looks pretty sterile. It is more reminiscent of a film set from Babelsberg than a city center with atmosphere ...
It has managed to place on the entire "Old Market" not a single plant green ...Only the interesting exhibitions in the museum Barberni and the possibility to climb the tower of the Nikolaikirche, make a detour to the "Old Market" to an experience ...
Even from afar, the large green dome of the Nikolaikirche and the golden figure of the atlas on the roof of the Old Town Hall are visible. The Baroque square of the Old Market Square with the Nikolaikirche and the new parliament building completed in October 2013 form Potsdam's historic center. The Landtag Palace and the Nikolaikirche again complement each other to form an urbanistic ensemble. The sacred building of the church with the impressive Tambourkuppel was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and today is particularly popular with culture lovers, because here u.a. various concerts, for example in the context of the Bachtage in the late summer, take place. The facade of the Brandenburg State Parliament, with the Fortunaportal as the main entrance, is based on the historic Potsdam City Palace. Inside the building is the most modern state parliament building of the Federal Republic. For visitors, the courtyard, the Knobelsdorff stairwell, the foyer with interactive building model, the cafeteria as well as the state-owned restaurant and the roof terrace are open to the public on weekdays without prior notice.
In the middle of the market square stands a 16-meter high obelisk with portraits of the great Potsdamer architects Knobelsdorff, Schinkel, Gontard and Persius.
The former Marstall now houses the Filmmuseum Potsdam. In the rear lying Kutschstall, on the Neuer Markt, is the house of the Brandenburg-Prussian history.
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