Neptune Grotto

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For the cave in Alghero, Italy, see Neptune's Grotto.
Neptune Grotto

The Neptune Grotto (German: Neptungrotte) close to the Obelisk entrance in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, was created by Frederick the Great between 1751 and 1757[1] to beautify the park.

Built following plans by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff it arose as a representation of the revived interest in garden architecture. The grotto ought to have been a component of the numerous fountains of the park, which did not function at that time, owing to a lack of technical knowledge.

The trident wielding god of the sea, Neptune, establishes a relationship to water. The conches on the sides, arranged into the shape of waterfalls and the great shell inside, made from many real shells, are a characteristic theme of Rococo.


  • The information in this article is based on that in its German equivalent

Coordinates: 52°24′12″N 13°02′32″E / 52.4033333333°N 13.0422222222°E / 52.4033333333; 13.0422222222