The historical spirit of Potsdam: between conservation and commercialisation? The Longing for History

Horn, Gabriele (2008) The historical spirit of Potsdam: between conservation and commercialisation? The Longing for History. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The enduring history and spirit of Potsdam started with the construction of the Prussian summer palace with terraces (1744-1747) and park Sanssouci by King Frederick II (the Great). He was a connoisseur and collector of Italian and French art. He was a king inspired by the muses, but he was also guided by the god Mars and these two opposite poles, culture and military, are the red line of Prussia/Germany. Prussia has its myth of music, literature, art, education, industry, military, drill, and suppression, and virtues such as reliability and tolerance. How can a city with its marvellous architecture and interiors recognized by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site achieve an optimal balance between these two opposite poles? What is appropriate for the architectural development of this city?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Horn, Gabriele
Languages: English
Keywords: World Heritage List; palace; gardens
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 10. Historic gardens
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin, Germany
UNESCO WHC Number: 532
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2010 08:33
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:11
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