Well today more development in Berlin on the final touches of the Berlin Palace.
Above the main gate Portal III, the second and last bronze inscription in Latin was hoisted and installed. It refers to the expansion of the Palace at the time of the proclamation of the new Kingdom of Prussia by its Prince Elector Frederick I. He was truly a prince of the baroque age in everything he did, his reign saw the promotion of the Arts and Culture in a lavish display. The political ideology of European Princes was to promote themselves by protecting and promoting the work of the best artists, painters, musicians, artisans, dancers, etc. Every Prince worth their salt pursue this line of politics in a rivalry with other Princes. The Baroque age or the age of Princes starts around 1550 and will end around 1740.
However there was a limit, you could do it as long as you did not make waves against more powerful princes like the Holy Roman Emperor in 1700 this was Charles VI of Austria and Hungary. The Emperor did not agree with the creation of this new Kingdom, but he did not protest too much as long as the Prince of Prussia did not try to expand his territory. The Title Prince Elector refers to the fact that the Emperor was elected by other Princes forming a league with them. There was jockeying for this title, it referred to Charlemagne who created the position and to his Crown. Austria will hold the title for a long time until Napoleon forces the issue and the title is abolished around 1810.
Here are some photos of today as the final tablet is put up. Latin and French had become the language of the powerful and educated.
Here are some photos to allow you to compare what was left of the Palace in 1945 and today in the final stage of reconstruction.