The Equestrian Monument or Reiter Denkmal as it better known is a war memorial honouring the German soldiers and civilians who died in the Nama and Herero War from 1903-1907. The monument was inaugurated in 1912 overlooking the Christuskirche but has since been moved to make way for the Independence Museum. The Reiter Denkmal now stands in front of the Alte Feste. The bronze statue was created in Berlin and then shipped to Namibia where it was transported to Windhoek and erected on a 5 metre granite plinth. There has been much controversy about this war memorial standing in modern Windhoek as it only honours the German casualties in the war.