May 21, 2017
3060 GERMANY (Lower Saxony) - New Town Hall in Hanover
The New Town Hall (German: Neues Rathaus) in Hanover is a magnificent, castle-like building of the era of Wilhelm II in eclectic style. It was opened in 1913, after having been under construction for 12 years. During WWII, the building was heavily damaged by the American bomb raids. Its dome, with its observation platform, is 97.73 m high. The dome's lift (erected in 1913) is unique in Europe, with its arched course (parabolic, following the shape of the dome).
The lift climbs the 50 m shaft at an angle of up to 17° to the gallery of the dome, where the Harz mountain range can be seen when visibility is good. In the process, the lift moves over 10 m. The lift cage travelled in steam-bent oaken tracks. Because of the weather, the original lift was not usable in the colder half of the year. There is a spiral staircase, which leads from the lift exit to the observation level. The last trip of the old lift took place in 2007.
About the stamps
The stamps are part of the series Blumen, about which I wrote here.
New Town Hall (Hanover) - Wikipedia
Sender: Jorn Hegner (direct swap)
Sent from Hanover (Lower Saxony / Germany), on 12.05.2017
Photo: U. Findeisen