The Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), before 1949 Friedrich Wilhelm University, was founded in 1809 as the University of Berlin and was the oldest of the four Berlin universities in the fall of 1810 on the teaching operation. It is today the second largest university in Berlin and has its headquarters in the palace of Prince Heinrich on the street Unter den Linden in Berlin-Mitte.
February 25, 2019
"On the impressive façade of the main building of the Humboldt University, it becomes apparent that the construction on Unter den Linden Boulevard should actually become another royal palace.
As the third building of the Forum Fridericianum, the palace of Prince Henry, Frederick II's brother, was built in 1748-66. The original conception of the palace was a new royal palace, but Frederick had already lost his interest in Berlin and kept himself as often as possible in Potsdam, especially in his newly built pleasure palace Sanssouci.
The design may have come from the now disgraced Knobelsdorff, the construction was led by Johann Boumann and Carl Ludwig Hildebrandt. Seven years after the death of the prince, the building was assigned to the newly founded Friedrich Wilhelm University, which began teaching in 1810 (after Humboldt it was named after the Second World War). The once rich facilities reduced over time to the ballroom, which eventually fell victim to the war.
The original palace was a three-wing complex grouped around the Ehrenhof to the Linden. Along the lime tree avenue seven-axle forehead structures were located in front of. In 1913-20, Ludwig Hoffmann broadened the originally narrow side wings to the width of these fortifications and extended them far to the north, creating an elongated second courtyard. The complex is accented by the central risalit and the risalits of the frontal buildings, which are covered with statues. The Corinthian order of the middle risalit refers to the opera house. The flat roof is almost hidden by a surrounding parapet. The massive impression is reinforced by the ashlar of the three storeys, the middle of which is emphasized by the high arched windows. Noteworthy are the overhung Torpfeiler with children groups. "Source: berlin.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/3561617-3558930-humboldt-universitaet.html
February 20, 2018
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