On 18 October 2013 the Hall of Liberation at Kelheim will be one hundred and fifty years old. It recalls the Battle of Leipzig of 1813. Our Cineflex HD aerial shots show the Hall of Liberation majestically enthroned on the Michelberg above the Danube river. And as well the town of Kelheim whose less impressive estates and industrial plants completely cover the Danube valley plain today.
In 1836, King Ludwig I. commissioned the architect Friedrich von Gärtner with the construction of the “sculptural monument” to commemorate the liberation of Germany from the reign of Napoleon. Gärtner planned an eighteen square dome, that should remember on the 18th of October 1813, on which the battle of the nations turned decisively. Friedrich von Gärtner died in 1847, five years after construction began. Leo von Klenze took over the project and submitted to King Ludwig I his “scathing critique” of Gärtners construction. The hall was replanned, and finally a circular building was realized that is completely independent of a shape without really having an antetype. The exterior facade was finally changed and built with 18 buttresses. These are surmounted by 18 colossal statues as allegories of German tribes. The construction of the hall lasted until 1863. Public monumental buildings were apparently subject to similar uncertainties as nowadays.
The city of Kelheim commemorates to the anniversary of the Hall of Liberation with a varied program.
The Archaeological Museum of the city of Kelheim shows until October 27 an exhibition of the Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich. The original plans and drawings of the architects Friedrich von Gärtner and Leo von Klenze can be seen.