Bike Touring Highlight
A landmark of Potsdam and the entrance to Potsdam's old town. If you walk through the gate, you will come in one direction to Alexandrovka (Russian Village) and in the other direction, just next to the left, to the Dutch Quarter. If you follow the street you will see the shopping street of Potsdam on the right.
July 7, 2018
The Nauener Tor is located in the immediate vicinity of the Dutch Quarter. The gate is one of the earliest buildings on the European continent, modeled on the English Gothic Revival.
In addition to the Jägertor and the Brandenburg Gate, the Nauener Tor on the arterial road to Nauen is one of the three surviving city gates in Potsdam. It was built in 1755 according to a sketch by Frederick the Great by the architect Johann Gottfried Büring. The goal was to enhance the line of sight from the city center into Nauener Strasse, primarily due to its long-range effect. The king deliberately chose a Gothic, medieval-style architecture to give the city gate the appearance of a higher age value. This makes the Nauen Gate an exceptional rarity in European building history, since alongside the first neo-Gothic buildings in England, it is the oldest example of neo-Gothic architecture on mainland Europe.
The baroque city gate initially stood between the two plastered round towers with battlements and cone tips made of natural stone. The side extensions on both sides of the towers with arched arcade openings reinforced the medieval impression with their grimaces. In connection with the demolition of the city wall in the 19th century, the baroque Nauen Gate was also removed in 1867. It was through a gate with a larger pointed arch
shaped opening, in keeping with the neo-Gothic architecture.
In 1996/97 the gate and the forecourt were extensively renovated, whereby the gate was given its historical paint again. During the renovation in the middle of the 19th century, the connection between the individual towers in the
neo-gothic style. The two wings of the
Nauen Tores now offer space for two restaurants.
August 12, 2018
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