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Marx’ Head

Even though Karl Marx had no connection to Chemnitz, in 1953 the city was renamed to honour him and received the name of Karl-Marx-Stadt. In 1971 a 7.1 metre tall bronze bust of the philosopher by Soviet sculptor Lev Kerbel was erected in Brückenstrasse in the city centre. The bust weighs more than 40 tons and is the second in the world, yielding only to the bust of Lenin in Ulad-Ude. Marx bust is located on a granite pedestal, with quotes from “The Manifesto” carved in the wall behind it in German, English, French and Russian, alongside with the famous motto: “Workers of the world, unite!”. Locals call the monument “Head” and sell souvenirs in the shape of the monument made from marzipan and chocolate.

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Brückenstraße 10-12
9111, Chemnitz
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50.835913, 12.923334
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