Hall of Liberation, Kelheim, Germany

November 2014 Issue

Hall of Liberation, Kelheim, Germany



The Befreiungshalle (Hall of Liberation), which stands on Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim, Germany, was shown in the photo in the September issue. Overlooking the Danube a few miles upstream from Regensburg, the hall commemorates the country’s victories over Napoleon during the Wars of Liberation, which lasted from 1813 to 1815.

Construction of the 18-sided, 150-foot-tall rotunda began in 1842 upon orders from King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and it was completed in 1863. Standing inside the neoclassical rotunda and paying tribute to the combined efforts of the Germans are 34 winged goddesses of victory. Positioned between them are shields, each noting one of the 17 battles that were fought. The hall opened on Oct. 18, 1863, the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Nations (also known as the Battle of Leipzig).

Twenty people correctly identified the subject and location of the photo, and BETSY MAHONEY of Spearfish, South Dakota, won the drawing. We thank Donna Pyle of Boulder, Colorado, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Nanci Alexander, Lexington, KY; Dick Alvernaz, Lakeside, CA; Gary & Lajetta Atwood, Burien, WA; Paul H. Bass, Charlotte, NC; Lowell Bowie, Cincinnati, OH; Janet Brenneman, Grand Junction, CO; Ann Burk, Mechanicsburg, PA; David Davis, Phoenix, AZ; Richard Fox, Ventura, CA; Douglas Francefort, Cos Cob, CT; Marilyn Goeldner, Boone, IA; Gerald Gould, Cumming, GA; Irma Gurman, Smithtown, NY; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Vikki Johnson, Elbert, CO; Susan Kipp, Oyster Bay, NY; WINNER:  Betsy Mahoney, Spearfish, SD; Donald H. Osborne, Pittsfield, MA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Robert A. Siebert, Jamaica, NY; Joanne Stone, Tucson, AZ.
Hall of Liberation, Kelheim, Germany