THE spotlight is about to fall on renowned Prussian architect, city planner and painter Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

Schinkel designed many of Germany’s great buildings, including the Altes Museum in Berlin, and was also a notable theoretician. His style included buildings in the Greek, Roman and Gothic styles.

He was also the designer of the Iron Cross medal for King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia which was first awarded during the Napoleonic Wars.

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The 19th-century figure will be the subject of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society, on February 6, by society member Richard Tinker.

Society chairman David Winpenny said: “Schinkel is one of the greatest names in 19th-century architecture and design, but he is not widely known in this country.”

The talk takes place at 7.30 pm at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon. There is a charge of £3 for anyone who is not a society member.