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Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel, Germany added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List

During the 37th Committee Session of the UNESCO in Phnom Penh in Cambodia a new site in Germany was inscribed on the World Heritage List. The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel is the 38th world heritage in Germany and is now part of the universal cultural heritage of mankind.

With its 240 hectare the landscape park is the largest mountain park in Europe. It is dominated by a giant statue of Hercules and has monumental water displays that are functioning solely with a complex system of hydro-pneumatic devices and without electricity. The site offers a large baroque water theater, grotto, fountains and a 350 metre long grand cascade. It’s construction began in 1689 under Landgrave Carl of Hesse-Kassel and was developed further into the 19th century. The Committee honored the exceptional waterworks as a unique example of European absolutist architecture. According to the UNESCO the monument of Hercules is without doubt technically and artistically the most sublime grand sculpture of early modern age.

The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe has an abundant variety of trees and plants and can be visited for free throughout the whole year.

Further Information: Kassel.de and whc.unesco.org

 

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