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I had mentioned to my friends before leaving Australia that I had never seen a palace or a castle. Australia doesn’t have them. Berlin has the recently restored Charlottenburg Palace in the city and Paulo, Ana and I went to have a look. The Palace was actually two palaces that had been built and added onto over several hundreds of years. It was destroyed during WWII and was meticulously reconstructed.

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We got the free audio tour and it was very interesting. At the entrance of the palace stands a large equestrian statue of the Great Elector. It was designed in 1698 by Andreas Schlüter and commissioned by king Friedrich I, the elector’s son. At the base of the statue are four chained warriors, symbolizing the four temperaments (which stem from the Antiquity where they were used to describe personalities). The statue was originally located in front of the Stadtschloss at the Museum Island, but during the Second World War the statue was submerged to the bottom of the Tegeler See, a large lake in Berlin. The statue was recovered in 1952 and after a restoration it was moved to the Charlottenburg Palace.

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The tour of the palace was very interesting and an insight to how royalty lived

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