The columned rotunda around the base contains a 800 square foot frieze of Salviati mosaics from 1874-75 designed by Anton von Werner.
The mosaics commemorate the events of Janaury 18, 1871 when King Wilhelm I of Prussia was made Emperor of a united Germany in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Germania - representing the Holy Roman Empire - confronting Napoleon
A handshake representing the symbolic union of north and south German states.
Otto von Bismarck reading the proclamation of the German Empire.
Detail of a trumpeter
Germania sitting on the throne of the Empire, accepting the crown on Kaiser Wilhelm's behalf.
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Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collector's Club, 2008. 50.