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Marx-Engels-Forum, Berlin

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Marx-Engels-Forum is a public park in the central Mitte district of Berlin, the capital of Germany. It is named for Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, authors of The Communist Manifesto of 1848 and regarded as two of the most influential people in the socialist movement. The park was created by the authorities of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1986.OverviewThe Marx-Engels-Forum lies on the eastern bank of the Spree river. It is bound to the south-west by the river, to the north-west by Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, to the north-east by Spandauer Straße and to the south-east by Rathausstraße obliquely opposite of the Rotes Rathaus. Across the river it faces the site formerly occupied by the Palast der Republik (now demolished) and the Berliner Stadtschloss.Before World War II the area now occupied by Marx-Engels-Forum was a densely populated Old Town quarter between the river and Alexanderplatz, named after a street called Heiligegeiststraße (Holy Ghost Street) which ran across it between Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße (now Karl-Liebknecht-Straße) and Rathausstraße. The area including the main post office was heavily bombed during Allied air attacks in 1944/45 and most of its buildings reduced to ruins. After the war the ruins were cleared but nothing replaced them.
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  • This larger than life sculpture stands diagonal from the Berliner Dom, if you're heading towards the Rotes Rathaus or Alexanderplatz. It's absolutely not worth detouring, but this is a very visited...  more »
  • It is shocking that these statues are still standing in a united, democratic Germany. They are not there as a warning or with a description of the context of today but for their original purpose of.....  more »
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  • I visited Berlin, Germany in May 2019 as a student in the Rutgers University Learning Abroad program. The Marx-Engels-Forum sculpture was part of a group urban navigation assignment. Our professor had us navigate through Berlin in small groups on an urban scavenger hunt, and this landmark was my group's final destination. I really enjoyed seeing this piece of art in person and researching its meaning. I absolutely love how Berlin embraces the arts! It was a refreshing experience for this American college student.
  • Nice place for walk. You can meet the Marx and Engels statues, founders of the Communist movement. I don't think that they are an incredible sculpting work. For those who studied the philosophical and political thoughts of Marx and his enormous influence together with the supporting of Engels, he can visit these statues and walk through the park. It is good, but nothing special.

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