Gothische Bibliothek (Gothic Library), Potsdam

Gothische Bibliothek (Gothic Library), Potsdam

Gothische Bibliothek, known in English as the Gothic Library, is a two-story, octagonal tower surrounded by an arcade. The Gothische Bibliothek is made of sandstone with a neo-Gothic design. It includes a spiral staircase that leads outdoors to the terrace and a basement with large, stone arches. The tip of the building hosts a golden spire.

The library was constructed in 1794 at the behest of King Friedrich Wilhelm II. It was designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans to mimic a Gothic chapel, both inside and out.

The Gothische Bibliothek contained French literature and German classics. It did not contain the king's secret library, which was held in the Marble Palace. These books were moved to the Potsdam City Palace in the 1930s and were subsequently burned during World War II.

The building fell into great disrepair but was reconstructed in 1997. The tower remains closed to the public due to its unstable foundation.

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Sight Name: Gothische Bibliothek (Gothic Library)
Sight Location: Potsdam, Germany (See walking tours in Potsdam)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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