Romantic memorial site in Georgengarten

Leibniz Temple

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Der Leibniztempel im Georgengarten (Foto: China Hopson)

A round temple open to all sides in the Georgengarten reminds of the polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz who died in 1716.

The Leibniz Temple in Georgengarten was created as a pavilion with twelve ionic columns between 1787 and 1790 in honour of the Hannoverian universal scholar Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. It was the first monument ever to honour a person of non-noble descent in Germany. Originally the round temple building, created by royal court master builder Johann Daniel Ramberg, stood on Waterlooplatz. In 1935, it was moved to Georgengarten.

Bust of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

A replica of the Leibniz bust flaunts in the middle of the temple. At the back side of the socket it says on a bronze plate (in German):

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646 – 1716)
Portraitbüste von Christopher Hewetson (1739-1799)
Original im Hist. Museum Schloss Herrenhausen
Die Anfertigung der Kopie wurde möglich durch
Die Freunde der Herrenhäuser Gärten e.V.
Mit Unterstützung der Sparkasse Hannover
und der Freunde des Historischen Museums e.V.

Rendezvous point for people in love

The Leibniz monument, at least that's what the impressive temple is also called in Hannover, is located on a small peninsular, linked by two narrow arched bridges and picturesquely surrounded by a pond. The pavilion site on a little ridge in the middle of nature is a popular photo motif and a well-liked meeting point for excursionists with a picnic basket and couples in love as well as a concert stage for amateur musicians.