Beatles-Platz An interactive memorial to the greats of pop history

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A memorial for the Fab Four: with the exception of Liverpool, no other city played such a major role in the Beatles' career as Hamburg. In the very heart of St Pauli, on Grosse Freiheit, the Beatles Platz square commemorates this legendary pop band.

An unparalleled career: in Hamburg, the lads from Liverpool did not only conquer the hearts of the locals, but also those of the entire global music world. So in 2001, Stephan Heller, programme head of the local radio station Oldie 95, came up with the idea of creating a Beatles square in Hamburg. Today, a paved vinyl plate and five stainless steel silhouettes of the famous artists commemorate the Beatles, their history, and the St Pauli music scene of the 1960s. A few steps further away you will also find a single silhouette reminiscent of Stuart Sutcliffe, the Beatles’ original bass guitarist, who died in 1962. In the grooves between the granite plates there are stainless steel bands sporting engravings of about 70 song titles of the Beatles. At the edge of the plate, square lamps are recessed in the ground, which are illuminated consecutively, creating the impression of a rotating turntable. If you like, you can step inside one of the silhouettes and become a member of the Beatles, if only for a very short time.

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