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“Wir sind die Niedersachsen …”

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jul 31st, 2013.

This red elephant can be found in front of the Representation of Lower Saxony at the Federal Government in Berlin. While there is no direct connection between the Northern German federal state and the Indian mammal, an elephant certainly is more capable of accomodating all the names of Lower Saxon towns and municipalities than the actual heraldic animal – a horse.


The elephant sculpture was conceived in the regional capital of Hannover. Malicious tongues say it is no coincidence that the name of the rivaling city of Braunschweig has been placed in an unfortunate spot.

Source: Andreas Maxbauer. License: All Rights Reserved.

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