Flora temple in Bad Elster

Flora is not only a synonym for the plant world, but also stands for in Roman mythology Goddess of the flower. Today, a piece of our eventful past has been preserved with the Flora Temple in Bad Elster. If you take a detour to the Paul Schindel Park around Lake Louisa, we warmly recommend a stop at the homage to the flower goddess, which is inspired by Roman architecture.

Idyllically located on the south side of Lake Louisa, the Flora Temple nestles in the beautiful nature of the spa park. Tall trees tower over its round domed roof, which rests on stone, Ionic columns. In front of it there is a meadow where, depending on the season, colorful rows of flowers sway in the wind. And of course it shouldn't be missing: Flora. Her cast image stands in the eternal shadow of the dome and looks benevolently over the lake. The entire structure exudes a typically Roman flair that could hardly be more romantic.

The Floratempel was built in Bad Elster 1909. The Südpark, as Paul-Schindel-Park was previously called, is a little older - in 1892 it was the first place to stroll. The Flora statue was originally made of bronze, created by the famous sculptor Peter Pöppelmann. Unfortunately, when all metal in the country was melted down during the Second World War, the bronze statue was also lost. In 1994 it was recast thanks to generous donations from Elster. The template used for this remains true to the original zeitgeist: it dates from 1842 and was created by the sculptor Ernst Julius Hähnel.

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