Colosseum

Norbert Probst

Nuremberg, Germany

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This place is 500 meters away from where I live. It’s in the middle of a huge green park and last week there was a three day open air rock festival with 75.000 People. Twice a year there is a amusement park, (left hand in the photo). It’s the biggest in Bavaria, after Munichs Oktoberfest. Beside it’s a recreation area with places for sports, including car races. There is a also a soccer stadium, another stadium for ice hockey, two concert halls and four large ponds.
The next event is a classic open air concert with 50.000 People.
What I like to say: It’s a very nice place to live – today. But in the past……

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History:
The Congress Hall (Kongresshalle) is the biggest preserved national socialist monumental building and is landmarked. It was planned by the Nuremberg architects Ludwig and Franz Ruff. It was planned as a congress centre for the NSDAP with a self-supporting roof and should have provided 50,000 seats. It was located on the shore of and in the pond Dutzendteich and marked the entrance of the rally grounds. The building reached a height of 39 m (129 ft) (a height of 70 m was planned) and a diameter of 250 m (843 ft). The building is mostly built out of clinker with a facade of granite panels. The design (especially the outer facade, among other features) is inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. The foundation stone was laid in 1935, but the building remained unfinished and without a roof. The building with an outline of an “U” ends with two head-buildings (aerial photo). Since 2000, the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände (Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds), with the permanent exhibition Faszination und Gewalt (Fascination and Terror), has been located in the northern wing.6 In the southern building, the Serenadenhof, the Nürnberger Symphoniker have their domicile.

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