Photographer's Note

This is a monument - I think a special one - of princess Pauline zur Lippe and princess Paulina Christine Wilhelmiene von Anhalt Bernburg (1769 - 1820). It is situated in the spa gardens of Bad Meinberg in the region Lippe of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The spa gardens were established by the princes zur Lippe around a Mofette, a gas spring, which jets dry carbonic acid. Still today this gas here is adopted for medical treaments and also the nearby moor (mud baths). In the ground underneath the small town probably the biggest deposit of natual carbonic acid of the world is existing.

Pauline was a very educated person - she studied history and political science - and an opinionated one, but in a good sense. Pauline already at the age of 13 years was involved in government by her father. She lived in the residency Detmold, about 10 km from Meinberg after having married prince Leopold zur Lippe in 1796.

She liked hikes in her new homeland and by this she saw the poverty and misery of the population. She did a lot to improve the living conditions, as e.g. by education and providing new jobs. She also established the first German Kindergarten and a hospital for people in need of care.

On sundays she often sat here in the spa gardens, mostly knitting, and conceded the people the favour of an audience. Everyone was allowed to speak to her.

This monument is situated at the then place ... do you see the ball of wool ?!

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