Here’s the second installment of my series of photos taken during my recent trip to Hannover. Part 1 is here.
There’s a lot of official buildings in this post, because Hannover was a longterm ducal residence, an independent kingdom for a few decades and still is the state capital of Lower Saxony.
The river Leine with the Leineschloss (Leine palace), the former residence of the kings of Hannover and currently seat of the state parliament of Lower Saxony.
The portal of the classicist Leineschloss with Corinthian columns.
Detail of the crest on the portal of the Leineschloss. If the crest looks a tad familiar, that’s because the lion and the unicorn are still found in the crest of the British royal family, for the House of Hannover ruled Britain between 1714 and 1837.
The postwar extension of the Leineschloss complete with modern gargoyles. This 1960s building only narrowly escaped demolition this year, because the proposed newbuilding would have been too expensive.
Hannover central station with the monument to Ernst August I, King of Hannover, brother of George IV of England (a.k.a. the Prince Regent) and potential murderer of valets.
Here’s more about Ernst August potentially murdering his valet. His descendant Ernst August V (husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco) isn’t much better and has been embroiled in numerous scandals.
But whether Ernst August I did or did not kill his valet, he was something of an arsehole, as the case of the Göttingen Seven attests. The Göttingen Seven were seven professors at the University of Göttingen who protested against Ernst August I suspending the Hannoverian constitution and were fired (and three of them deported for their troubles. Two of the Göttingen Seven were Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, the famed lexicographers and fairy tale collectors.
Monument to the Göttingen Seven, though we only see four of them plus the King (he’s the one on the horse).
The three remaining Göttingen Seven, a large door and a naked student.
The King and a member of the Göttingen Seven
A bridge across the river Leine. The bridge supports are decorated with oversized Art Noveau heads.
Balcony of the Wangenheimpalais, another striking classicist building. Once home of the major domus to the Kings of Hannover, now houses the ministry of economics of Lower Saxony.
The New Townhall, a stunning turn of the century Art Noveau building. It was completed in 1912 and is exactly 100 years old now.
A stone lion flanking the main entrance of the New Townhall. The lion seems to grow out of the stone block.
Two lusty looking mermaids adorning the New Townhall.
Interior of the New Townhall with an atlas column.
A staircase inside the New Townhall.
A look up at the dome of the New Townhall.
Look across the Maschteich (Masch Pond) behind the New Townhall. Beyond the pond, there is also the larger Maschsee (Masch Lake), but I didn’t go there, because it started to rain at that point.
Another look across the Maschteich with some pretty flowers.
Ducks at the Maschteich.
An interesting church spire.
A monument of stunning ugliness. I’ve no idea what it is, but it must be the ugliest building in the whole city of Hannover.
Finally, here’s an entry for my collection of vintage storefronts and interesting neon signage: The storefront of Neumann Schuhe in the city centre of Hannover. Neumann Schuhe has existed for more than 100 years, this building and the neon sign date from 1962.