I had the opportunity to visit Leipzig this past weekend and while there stopped briefly by the monument to the 1813 Battle of the Nations from the Napoleonic Wars. Â At the Battle of the Nations the Sixth Coalition consisting of Prussia, Britain, Russia, and AustriaÂ foughtÂ the French Army of Napoleon and over the course of three days defeated him and forced him to retreat back toÂ France.
I only had about 20Â minutesÂ at the monument and Leipzig is on my list of places to seeÂ againÂ as one day was not enough to see all that I wanted to see. Â TheÂ monumentÂ is currently undergoing renovation inÂ preparationÂ for eventsÂ surroundingÂ the 200th anniversary of the Battle next year. It is maintained by a private charity theÂ FÃ¶rderverein VÃ¶lkerschlachtdenkmal e.V.Â (in German). Â It is huge and you can walkÂ insideÂ it to the top of the monument, but I didn’t have time to do so. Â The Wikipedia entry about the monument is fairly decent. Â The monument is supposed to be located at the site of one of the bloodiest parts of the battle and near or at where Napoleon ordered the retreat of the French Army. So says Wikipedia and also the guide I had taking me around the city.
Below are the photos I managed to take of the monument looking across the reflecting pool to the monument. Â I plan on returning to Leipzig in the spring and doing a much more extensive study of theÂ monumentÂ and the battlefield.