Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Memorial Gym
in Freyburg (Unstrut), photo: J. Leirich (2008)

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    On the one hand, the building served as a representative place of remembrance, in whose crypt below the gable the "gymnastics father" Friedrich Ludwig Jahn was to find his final resting place. 

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    On the other hand, the lavishly designed gymnastics hall was to be an expression of the esteem in which German gymnastics was held, which after the publication of Jahn and Eiselen's main work "The Art of German Gymnastics" (1816) had developed significantly and led to the founding of thousands of gymnastics clubs and the German Gymnastics Federation (1848).