Anton von Werner
One of the most notable monuments in Berlin, the column was originally built to celebrate Prussia’s victory in the Danish-Prussian war of 1864. The monument took new meaning because of Prussia’s victories in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 which occurred during the monument’s design and construction. The addition of the large sculpture of Victoria on the top commemorates these wars which are now referred to as the ‘Unification Wars”. The Column was largely untouched during World War II, but pockmarked scars are noticeable on the lower portions of the facade.