REVEALED: Where’s Goethe #4
Yesterday, we asked you a very important question…Where’s Goethe? And today is the big reveal! We gave you this teeny tiny picture of Goethe and told you he was somewhere in Germany…
All you had to do was guess where he was, and, if any of you guessed at the Goethe-Schiller Monument in from of the Weimar Court Theatre in Weimar than you would be correct! Give yourselves a gold star boys and girls, you obviously know your German landmarks well!
We also promised you a few facts and figures on Weimar, and we don’t like to break our promises so here goes:
- Weimar is located between Erfurt in the west and Jena in the east, approximately 50 miles southwest of Leipzig, 106 miles north of Nuremberg and 106 miles west of Dresden.
- It has a population of approximately 65,000.
- Our namesake, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe made his home there.
- The city has a large cultural heritage and was the focal point of the German Enlightenment.
- In 2004, a fire broke out at the Duchess Anna Amalia Library. The library contains a 13,000-volume collection including Goethe’s masterpiece Faust, in addition to a music collection of the Duchess. An authentic Lutheran Bible from 1534 was saved from the fire. The library is one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1691, and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Over one million volumes were housed in the library, of which forty to fifty thousand were damaged beyond repair. A number of books were shock-frozen in Leipzig to save them from rotting.
- In 1999, Weimar was the European Capital of Culture.
- It was the place where Germany’s first democratic constitution was signed after the First World War, giving its name to the Weimar Republic period in German politics (1918–1933).
- The city is the home of the Goethe-Nationalmuseum at Frauenplan which portrays the life of of our namesake Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his former residence.
- The city hosts the Onion Market (Weimarer Zwiebelmarkt) which is an annual festival held in October over 3 days with approximately 500 stalls and more than 100 stage performances across the city.
- Weimar is rich in early-modern castles and palaces. The biggest one is the Stadtschloss at Burgplatz in the city centre. Today’s four-wing building was started after a great fire in 1774. The tower and the Bastille building at its south-western edge are relics of older castles in this place.
Did you guess where Goethe was?