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Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1730 - 1916
Date of Inscription: 1990, 1992,1999
Location: Europe, Germany, States of Brandenburg and Berlin
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Description: Potsdam's complex of palaces and parks, encompassing 500 ha of parks and 150 buildings (built 1730-1916), shapes an artistic whole, whose sense of uniqueness is reinforced by its eclectic nature. It stretches into the district of Berlin-Zehlendorf; the palaces and parks border River Havel’s and Lake Glienicke’s banks. The Sans-Souci Palace, constructed under Frederick II in 1745-1747, housed such guests as Voltaire. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin refers to a group of palace complexes and landscaped gardens found in Potsdam, and the German capital of Berlin. The term was used upon the designation of the cultural ensemble as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. It was recognized for the historic unity of its landscape—a unique example of landscape design against the background of monarchic ideas of the Prussian state and common efforts of emancipation. Initially, the site encompassed 500 hectares, covering 150 construction projects, which spanned from the year 1730 to 1916. Two stages of extension to the World Heritage Site, in 1992 and 1999 led to the incorporation of a larger area to the patrimony. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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