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An der Göpelskuppe


Fraternity Memorial

artist unknown

Eisenach /  Burschenschaftsdenkmal


War memorial for the 87 francs fallen in the German-French War of 1870/71. It was built in 1902 at the same time as a national monument of the German fraternity in memory of the unification. The monument is a 33 m high (100 ft) round temple at the top of the Göpelskuppe and is designed by the architect Wilhelm Kreis. Nine huge columns with tall narrow windows in between form a monumental hall. The columns are held together by an architrave, in which the motto of the German fraternity 'EHRE, FREIHEIT, VATERLAND' (honor, freedom, fatherland) can be read in giant letters. The architrave is crowned by the elaborate cornice, from which three steps lead to the tambour. On this rise six huge corbels with the heads of the Arminius, Charlemagne, Luther, Albrecht Dürer, Goethe and Beethoven. Then the helmet follows with nine eagles wearing a Germanic crown as the highest point. In the hall is a small museum.

Eisenach - Burschenschaftsdenkmal

The monument is on our website because of the six heads, which are hard to see because they are almost at the top of the 33 m high temple, standing on a hill.

Eisenach - Burschenschaftsdenkmal
Hermann der Cherusker / Arminius
(17 BC-21 AD), a chieftain of the Germanic Cherusci tribe who commanded an alliance of Germanic tribes at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD (Wikipedia).
Eisenach - Burschenschaftsdenkmal
Martin Luther
(Eisleben 1483 - Eisleben 1546), German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation (Wikipedia).
Eisenach - Burschenschaftsdenkmal
Albrecht Dürer
(Nürnberg 1471 - Nürnberg 1528)
German painter, printmaker, engraver and mathematician (Wikipedia).
Eisenach - Burschenschaftsdenkmal
Karl der Große
(unknown place 742 - Aachen 814), King of the Franks (since 768) and Emperor (since 800) (Wikipedia).
Eisenach - Burschenschaftsdenkmal
Ludwig van Beethoven
(Bonn 1770 - Wien 1827), German composer and pianist, (Wikipedia).
Eisenach - Burschenschaftsdenkmal
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Frankfurt am Main 1749-Weimar 1832), German writer and polymath; considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture (Wikipedia)

Eisenach - Burschenschaftsdenkmal
The Burschenschaftsdenkmal seen from the Wartburg


Sources & Information


  • Army Officer
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van
  • Charlemagne
  • Composer
  • Dürer, Albrecht
  • Engraver
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
  • Hermann der Cherusker
  • Luther, Martin
  • Monarch
  • Painter
  • Theologian
  • War Memorial (Germany - Franco-Prussian War)
  • Writer / poet
  • Locatie (N 50°57'59" - E 10°20'6") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: deth101; Photograph: 10 October 2018
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