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This is the second part of my Potsdam post

After spending most of the morning  and my lunch in Potsdams historical town center I wandered down towards Sanssouci and the park. It was hot that I took my time and was thankful for any spot of shade. Sadly that meant I didn’t have as much time at the park so am contemplating to go again … maybe next week if I can somehow arrange it Otherwise I will just have to come back.

Sanssouci (without worries) was Friedrich the Greats summer residence. It is often compared to Versailles, but is more Roccoco than French Baroque as it breaks with the strict symmetry and is more playful … for my taste overdone.

Friedrich the Great wanted the summer palace to be a place he could retreat too from the pomp and circumstances in Berlin, lead a simpler life hence the name “Sanssouci” – without worries, concerns, being carefree. Built between 1745 and 1747 it reflects a time when the Prussian dynasty was very powerful and remained the residence of the German imperial Family (Hohenzollern dynasty) until 1918.

As it is in Brandenburg, Potsdam was a favourite holiday place for many eastern Germans, with Sanssouci and its expansive gardens as its main attraction. After the reunification it became a World Heritage Site and is visited by more than 2 million people from around the world every year.

If you ever think on going, you will need more time than you think, take good walking shoes, lots to drink and make sure that your camera is fully charged.

entering vial the Obelisk ortal

entering vial the Obelisk ortal

pillars across the water

pillars across the water

lounging nude

lounging nude

flowerbeds

flowerbeds

a happy sunflower

a happy sunflower

welcome shade

welcome shade

the roof into the Friedenskirche (Peace Church)

the roof into the Friedenskirche (Peace Church)

two old peacocks

two old peacocks

inside the church, pain sitting

inside the church, pain sitting

lights

lights

rows waiting for Sundays service

rows waiting for Sundays service

the decorative ceiling

the decorative ceiling

pillars everywhere

pillars everywhere

hand painted detailing

hand painted detailing

around the courtyard

around the courtyard

church tower

church tower

the chapel

the chapel

a pillar made of bright blue glass

a pillar made of bright blue glass

odd headgear

odd headgear

haystacks being made in the grounds

haystacks being made in the grounds

my first glimpse of Sanssouci

my first glimpse of Sanssouci

the scope is incredible, and no shade anywhere near

the scope is incredible, and no shade anywhere near

a friendly griffen

a friendly griffen

love the ribbon

love the ribbon

weird looking pots ....

weird looking pots ….

... and ugly cupids seem to be the taste of the era

… and ugly cupids seem to be the taste of the era

blue sky

blue sky

gold glistening in the sun

gold glistening in the sun

from behind

from behind

the Bildergallerie (Picture Gallery)

the Bildergallerie (Picture Gallery)

leaving new potatoes on old Fritz's grave ... or maybe the Irish were just here

leaving new potatoes on old Fritz’s grave … or maybe the Irish were just here

main fountain from above

main fountain from above

a mammy sphinx

a mammy sphinx

more pillars

more pillars

across the way the Norman Tower

across the way the Norman Tower

mill detail

mill detail

The historical, still working, mill

The historical, still working, mill

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