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The völkerschlachtdenkmal:, (Voelkerschlachtdenkmal)

The völkerschlachtdenkmal is a symbol of the city of Leipzig and one of the largest memorial complex in Europe. It was installed in honor of the very first in history for such a massive battle that happened in 1813. It was during this period of time the troops of such allies, as Austria, Russia, Sweden and Prussia defeated the army of Napoleon Bonaparte. In the fighting was attended by about 600 thousand soldiers, killed more than 120 thousand people.

The völkerschlachtdenkmal is located on the historic site where the battle took place, in the South-East of the city of Leipzig. The idea of having to perpetuate the memory of those killed during the tragic events of 1813, proposed by the poet Ernst Moritz Arndt, who was a participant in that war. According to his plan of the monument was to be magnificent, Grand structure. The first draft was created in 1816 by the efforts of the talented architect Karda Friedrich Schinkel, but because of the unfavourable financial situation of the state to translate into reality the idea failed.

Only in 1913 was able to erect a monument to the Battle of Nations by the German architect Bruno Smize. On public donations and was created a true masterpiece, impressing everyone who sees it. The opening of the 91-meter monument was held in the presence of Emperor Wilhelm II and other European monarchs.

Hall of fame of the monument is decorated with sculptures, made by Franz Metzner and Christian Behrens. They allegorically represent a virtue of the German people who took part in the liberation wars. At the foot of this huge monument is a sculpture of the Archangel Michael, impressive for its size. He was the patron of the soldiers who took part in the battle of the Nations.