The Hercules monument is an important landmark in the German city of Kassel. It is located in the "Bergpark (Mountainpark) Wilhelmshöhe", northern Hesse, Germany.
Hercules is a copper statue depicting the ancient Greek demigod Heracles (Gr. Ηρακλής, German Herkules). The statue is located at the top of a Pyramid, which stands on top of the Octagon; the statue and the other parts of the monument were constructed at different times. Today "Hercules" refers not only to the statue, but the whole monument, including the Octagon and Pyramid. The monument is the highest point in the Wilhelmshöhe Bergpark.
The monument is located in Bad Wilhelmshöhe, on the Eastern ridge of the Habichtswald. It was built in an artificial dell of the Karlsberg (526m above sea level) on the most western and at the same time highest location (515 m) of the line of sight Schloss Wilhelmshöhe – Hercules.
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"Why is Hercules a significant figure in German/European culture? (for example the Hercules Monument by Kassel)" (posted 09/24/2014)
The Hercules is a copper statue of the Greek demigod Heracles (Latin Hercules, Hercules Germanized) in the mountain park William height in Kassel (North Hesse, Germany). The statue, which is considered a landmark of the city of Kassel, located on the top of a pyramid, standing on the octagon, the giant castle. Today, the name "Hercules" not only for the statue, but the entire building, which also forms the starting point of the summer water games in the mountain park stands. The octagon and the Hercules go back to various stages of construction. Since June 23, 2013 is the Hercules - as part of the mountain parks Wilhelm height - as an example of absolutist Architecture in the World Heritage List of UNESCO  The result is the castle-like Hercules in the years 1701 to 1717 to designs by the Italian Giovanni Francesco Guerniero.. The total investment carries including the Hercules upstream cascades builders, Landgrave Karl von Hessen-Kassel, the name Karl Berg and is this term both space and architectural history a baroque aspect and western end of the mountain park William height. Heracles image In the Greek legend of the most famous and most powerful hero. Son of Zeus and Alcmene, twin brother of Iphicles, the first husband of Megara, the second husband of Omphale, husband of Deianeira, after a few husband of the eye and after his death the husband lifting; also lover of Iole. Father of Hyllus, the Macaria, the Alexiares, the Tlepolemus, the Aniketos, of Telephus, of three sons with Megara and 50 sons (with the 50 daughters of Thespios). Cousin and friend of Oionos, great-grandfather of Hippotes and Deiphontes and ancestor of Polyphontes. He was a protégé of Athena. I. The Theban Heracles: Jealous of her husband's new lover, Alcmene, Hera was the bitter enemy of Heracles before he was even born. Zeus had before stood on the day on which the birth of Heracles, sworn an oath that on that day the babies all members of the family of the Perseids (to Heracles on the part of his mother and his stepfather Amphitryon was one) should dominate. Hera now knew to cause the birth goddess, that the birth of Alcmene delayed and on the other hand was the wife of the Perseids Sthenelus who carried her child until the seventh month accelerated. This child was born before Herakles Eurystheus. Alcmene came down to this with twins, one of which Heracles the son of Zeus, Iphicles but the son of Amphitryon, the husband of Alcmene was. Heracles proved already in the cradle as the son of God, in which he strangled two serpents sent by Hera. He was instructed in all the arts of the best teachers by Amphitryon concern. From Eurytos he met with bow and arrow deal, Harpalykos teaches him the art of wrestling and the fist fight, Eumolpos taught him in singing and lyre playing and Kastor taught him the art of heavily armed and ordered to fight in the field. In all, he made uncommon progress, only for the Lyra did not seem formed his hand; a blow to him, once gave Linos, his teacher in stringed instruments (as well as in reading and writing), this cost the life. Amphitryon sent Heracles therefore on the country's cattle herds. In this lifetime falls invented by the sophist Prodicus in a moral sense story that Heracles at the crossroads of the goddesses of lust and virtue encountering, the latter have chosen to partner his life. His exploits begin with, that he Kithäronischen the lion, the king of damaged Thespiae, Thespios, herds, hunted, and henceforth wore its fur with the throat as robe and helmet. At the time, he created the 50 daughters of Thespios 50 sons. Returned to Thebes, he freed they must pay not only the disgrace of a tribute, they had to the King of Minyae, Erginus city of his birth, by killing this king, but also forced the Minyae, now twice the previously received tribute itself to pay. Creon, king of Thebes, gave him his daughter Megara in marriage, who bore him three sons. But Hera sent madness upon him, so he killed his children with his own hand.
Answer provided by Falk Urlen on 09/26/2014
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Since 23 June 2013, the Hercules - as part of the mountain park William height - as an example of absolutist architecture World Heritage Site, the 38th World Heritage Site in Germany. Information Kassel: http: //www.kassel.de/kultur/sehenswuerdigkeiten/Bergpark/01699/index.html/ The symbol of the city since 1717 stands the landmark of Kassel on the top of Karlbergs in 530 m height above the city . The building is the crowning glory of the 1.5 kilometer-long cascade system. On an octagon with observation deck a steep pyramid, crowned by the monumental statue of Hercules stands. The entire structure reaches a height of 71 meters and from the observation deck offers a magnificent view over the whole baroque park, the city and the Central Mountains. Data of Figure Height of figure 8.30 m; Base height: 3.00 m; Chest 5.00 m; Girth 4.60 m; Foot and Leg height 1.50 m 4.70 m. The model of Kassel is an antique statue of Hercules, the Landgraf Karl von Hessen-Kassel in the Villa Farnese had seen on a trip to Italy in 1700. Embodied with the figure of virtue heroes from Greek mythology, the strength, courage and wisdom, the Landgrave could identify obvious. So took Landgrave Karl 1701den Italian architect Giovanni Francesco Guerniero builder to his court. He left the octagon ("giant castle") with the figure of Hercules built as the grand finale of the 1.5 kilometer-long cascade system. Later he ordered the Augsburg goldsmith Johann Jacob Anthoni to Kassel. This drove in four years of work, from 1713 to 1717, the Hercules statue in copper. since 1717, the Hercules perched on the pyramid above the city and since that time it combines the facility using the Greek mythology., the Hercules is equipped with two insignia of his acts. The club, which is thrown over a lion's skin, drove he the Nemean Lion cornered and strangled him (the first act). Behind his back he carries in his right hand the apples of the Hesperides (11 Act). The Hercules is on Olympus and was the last of the giants battle ended victoriously. The giant head pool at his feet lies under a rock fall of the giant Encelados buried, the angry one fountain spewing against his slayer, without reaching him, however. way the water flows over the cascades into the valley.
Answer provided by Anke Rotzsche on 09/25/2014
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Hello here is an excerpt from Wikipedia. The Hercules is a copper statue of the Greek demigod Heracles (Latin Hercules, Hercules Germanized) in the mountain park William height in Kassel (North Hesse, Germany). The statue, which is considered a landmark of the city of Kassel, located on the top of a pyramid, standing on the octagon, the giant castle. Today, the name "Hercules" not only for the statue, but the entire building, which also forms the starting point of the summer water games in the mountain park stands. The octagon and the Hercules go back to various stages of construction. Since June 23, 2013 is the Hercules - as part of the mountain parks Wilhelm height - as an example of absolutist Architecture in the World Heritage List of UNESCO  The building is in the district of Bad Wilhelm height, on the eastern ridge of the hawk forest.. There was a slight, artificially shaped trough of Karl mountain on the western and also the highest point (515 m) of the visual axis lock Wilhelm height (526.2 m above mean sea level .) - Hercules The Hercules is one of the oldest buildings in the mountain park, drawing of Müntz with white stone castle in the foreground. The result of the castle-like Hercules in the years 1701 to 1717 to designs by the Italian Giovanni Francesco Guerniero. The total investment carries including the Hercules upstream cascades builders, Landgrave Karl von Hessen-Kassel, the name Karl Berg and is this term both space and architectural history a baroque aspect and western end of the mountain park William height. Already in 1696 began under Landgrave Karl with the construction of a central axis of the then modest parks. In parallel, about 500 m south-southeast of present-day Hercules and a few meters below the summit of House Mountain (555 m) were on the Eastern edge of the forest hawk built the first building parts for a giant castle - Little Hercules or age Winterkasten called. But we decided not to look at the mountain hut as the future focus of the park. The place of construction was abandoned and set local work. At the ruined building, which is overgrown by the forest for a long time, some masonry foundation remains of about 7 m height are still available. It was only in 1699 learned Landgrave Karl in Italy Giovanni Francesco Guerniero know. The construction of the baroque giant castle was begun in 1701, the Hercules statue on the roof of the pyramid was erected on November 30, 1717, which the building was completed. Because of the typical November weather for Kassel inhospitable the "birthday" of the building is celebrated on July 17 in reference to the year of completion. The jointly developed by Landgraf and architect design has been amended several times, the pyramid is attributed to the Hercules statue a later idea of the ruler. Stitches show in 1706 made that much more extensive construction projects were planned, as were ultimately executed. Guerniero wanted the downslope upstream cascades down the entire mountainside, leading up to today's Castle Wilhelm height. Realized it was only about a quarter of the length, which is likely to have less located at the will of the Landgrave as his limited financial resources. The remaining space between cascade and the castle was finally 70 years later - filled and now forms the core of the English landscape garden - - by completely contrary basically planning the mountain park William height. On 31 August 2011, the application was Minister of Culture Eva Kühne-Hörmann signed to negotiate the mountain park William height with the Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In January 2012, the State of Hesse presented the application to register the "water games and Hercules in Mountain Park Wilhelm height "of the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to UNESCO in Paris. This initiated the request to the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO on,  which decided positively in June 2013 on the application.  Octagon and Statue Edit copper statue of Hercules from the front, 2011 The Hercules from behind, 1991 The Hercules is 70.5 m high, of which 32.65 m attributable to the octagon, 29,60 m on the patch pocket pyramid (Pyramid 26,10 m; pyramid base 3.5 m) and 8.25 m on the statue of Hercules. The total height of the pyramid including the statue is 37.85 m. The height difference between the skull of the statue, which is located at 596 m, and the Neptune pool is 179 m. The octagonal structure was built as an open, unglazed giant castle, with its three-story structure, ascending passes from natural way about each other erect rock, as a supporting foundation-building, in geometrically arranged architecture. On its outer sides stairways lead to the upper floors. The lower floor was provided with four rocky arches, whose easternmost you can get into the building. Inside it is an octagonal courtyard, in whose bottom a water reservoir is embedded. The much smaller arches of the second floor had been performed in geometrischeren forms. On the top floor, brick arches and struts are made in the of smooth stone facades, lies the huge viewing platform, the Belvedere. The octagonal Belvedere are scheduled four risalits that give the overall structure characterizing the silhouette. On the east side of the platform perched on a square base pyramid with a square of it, standing statue of Hercules, which also stands on a square base. It weighs 3 tons and is made of a metal skeleton with copper sheet (various sources state that between 1 and 3 mm thick) was spanned. But the head is 1.72 m high. The statue is a 1717 completed work of the Augsburg goldsmith Johann Jacob Anthoni, who drove in Kassel in Messinghof in copper. Art History is part of the figure to the type of the Farnese Hercules, the resting himself, over his actions thoughtful Heracles. The hero - in nachsinnender, slightly forward bent position - based on his club, which is adorned with the coat of the Nemean lion (first act). His right hand is on his back and keeps the apples of the Hesperides (11 Act). They stand for. Example, for power of love, fertility and eternal youth, the lion's skin. Hercules was an ideal of the ruler, replaced especially in the 16th and early 17th century, the Apollon in the Enlightenment and classical music. Both ideals which (also) claimed the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel in different times for themselves, are exemplary in the mountain park, with a presence of the statue of Hercules and the Apollo in Kassel Wilhelm height lock.
Answer provided by Thomas Hübel on 09/25/2014
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"Can you please tell me the exact dates that the water runs at Hercules monument? I've seen it without the water running at the end of April, but would like to plan my next trip so I'm in Germany when the water is running. Oh, and is the construction that you were doing in April of '15 completed yet? Hoping for a trip out that way again either in October of this year or April of '18.
Thank you :)" (posted 06/09/2017)
Good day, the water games take place on Wednesdays, Sundays and on holidays from 2:30 pm. For further information, please see the following link: http://www.kassel-marketing.de/en/travel-topics/sights-tourist-attractions/parcs-and-palaces/wilhelmshoehe-mountain-park/water-displays Best regards from Of the documenta city in general Tobias Sommer Touristinformation Kassel Marketing GmbH Obere Königsstraße 15 34117 Kassel Germany Tel +49 (0) 561 7077-165 Fax +49 (0) 561 7077-169 email@example.com www.kassel.de -marketing.de www.facebook.com/Kassel.ist.klasse Managing Director: Andreas Bilo Amtsgericht Kassel HRB 4639 Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Christian Geselle, Stadtkämmerer
Answer provided by Falk Urlen on 06/12/2017
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