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- Brandenburg Gate
- Alt Name:
- Brandenburger Tor
- Early Modern (1500AD-1800AD)
- 1700AD - 1799AD
- Frederick William II of Prussia
- Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie,
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Reichstag,
about Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is a famous landmark in Berlin built between 1788 and 1791 which once served as a city gateway. Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia it stood in the entrance to boulevard Unter den Linden, which led to the city palace.
The Brandenburg Gate was designed by Karl Gotthard Langhans and built in a Romanesque style similar to the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, with six Doric columns on each side.
Whilst King Frederick William II intended the Brandenburg Gate to be a symbol of peace, different peoples have attached numerous meanings to it throughout its history. The Nazis adopted the Brandenburg Gate as a symbol of their party during their reign in the 1930's and 1940's and it was also a potent reminder of the Cold War when it fell into the no-man’s land within the Berlin Wall. During this time, the Brandenburg Gate formed a focal point of many politically charged rallies and speeches, including visits by American Presidents John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.
A more positive symbolic attachment was formed in 1990, when, following the fall of the Berlin Wall, many viewed the Brandenburg Gate as emblematic of German reunification. Today, visitors from around the world come to see the Brandenburg Gate and its ornate carvings, including its dramatic depiction of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, driving a horse drawn chariot.
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Address: Unter den Linden, Pariser Platz Berlin 10117 Germany
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Travel by S-bahn lines 1 or 2 to Unter den Linden. Bus route 100.
Viewable at all times.
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