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Bismarck Tower Ruin

This century-old stone tower is one of the hundreds of monuments built in honor of Otto von Bismarck, the beloved Prussian prime minister and the first German chancellor, who unified Germany in 1871.

Around the turn of the 20th century, about 240 round stone Bismarck towers were erected throughout the German Empire and beyond, all following roughly the same design. The unique tribute picked up steam with the “Bismarck cult” that sprung up after the chancellor’s death. In addition to the hundreds of memorials built, countless streets, cities, mountains, ships, and more were named for the German leader (including the capital of North Dakota).

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