Today in History - January 24th. 1712 -Frederick the Great, King of Prussia

Frederick II (in German: Friedrich) was born on January 24th. 1712 in Berlin
(Germany). He was a member of the House of Hohenzollern.

Frederick The Great Portrait
Frederick the great - own picture of a portrait - taken in 2013

His parents were Frederick William I of Prussia and Sophie Dorothea of Hanover.

On June 12th. 1733 he married Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-
Bevern. They had not much in common. 
From 1740, Elisabeth lived separated from Frederick the Great.

Frederick the Great is well known for his passion for castles.
He gave the order to rebuild Charlottenburg Castle in Berlin.

Charlottenburg Castle Berlin
Charlottenburg Castle - Berlin - own picture taken in 2013


He also gave the order to build a lot of castles in Potsdam, inter alia Sanssouci. 

Sanssouci Castle Potsdam
Sanssouci Castle Potsdam - own picture taken in 2013

Frederick the Great liked music, science and art.


Frederick II @ his court
Source picture: Wikipedia

Frederick the Great died on August 17th. 1786 in Potsdam (near Berlin).