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ARMINUS. The GERMAN.

*** Facing the sun,
*** Crushing the roman EAGLE,
*** Gaining the VICTORY in a hand,
*** With the HEARTH,
*** That BELONGS to the black forest.

"The statue is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany with over 130,000 visitors a year. Of similar popularity are the Externsteine, which are located nearby. The statue's base may be climbed up to a level before the figure starts, affording wide landscape views.

Construction for the 53.46 m (173.39 ft) tall statue was started in 1841, but not completed until 1875 with the help of substantial funds from the state of Prussia. It was built according to plans by the sculptor Ernst von Bandel.

The Hermannsdenkmal (German for Hermann monument) is a monument located in North Rhine Westphalia in Germany in the Southern part of the Teutoburg Forest, which is southwest of Detmold in the district of Lippe. (Location: 51°54′42″N 08°50′22″E / 51.91167°N 8.83944°E / 51.91167; 8.83944Coordinates: 51°54′42″N 08°50′22″E / 51.91167°N 8.83944°E / 51.91167; 8.83944.) It stands on the densely forested and 386 m tall Teutberg in the ring fortification located there, which is called Grotenburg.

The monument commemorates the Cherusci war chief Hermann or Armin (Latin: Arminius) and the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in which the Germanic tribes under Arminius recorded a decisive victory in 9 AD over three Roman legions under Varus.

The sword has the following inscription:

Deutsche Einigkeit, meine Stärke - meine Stärke, Deutschlands Macht.
German unity (is) my strength - my strength (is) Germany's might."

A must see. I would recommend you visitting this place. Nothing else to be added than above.

Thanks a lot for visit.

Best regards

Lukasz

P.S. I know I am not the greatest ever poet living under the whole sun :)

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