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Winckelmannplatz mit Winckelmann-Denkmal

Winckelmann Memorial
Winckelmann Memorial
surrounded by lights in winter


Under big trees, the Winckelmann Memorial was built in the year 1859. It commemorates of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the famous son of our city. He is the founder of scientific archaeology and history of art. Born in 1717 as son of a poor shoemaker, he travelled across southern Europe and made his way into the Vatican. He became responsible overseer of Vatican antiquities.