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The "Niederwalddenkmal" is a monument located in the Niederwald Landscape park, near Rüdesheim am Rhein in Hesse, Germany. The monument was constructed in order to commemorate the foundation of the German Empire, after the end of Franco-Prussian War.

The first stone of the Niederwalddenkmal was laid on September 16, 1871 by Wilhelm I. The sculptor selected for the creation of the monument was Johannes Schilling; the architect, Karl Weisbach.

The total cost of the works is estimated in one million golden marks, it was inaugurated on September 28, 1883. The 38 meters tall monument represents the union of all Germans.

The central figure of the monument is the 10.5 meters high and 32 tons heavy “Germania”. In her right hand she is proudly holding the recovered crown of the emperor, with her left she leans self-confidentially on the sword of the empire. Data and emblems on the pedestal she is standing on tell from the time of the foundation of the empire. The largest relief shows emperor William I. on his horse amidst of sovereigns, army commanders and soldiers of all corps.

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