The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is one of the most important landmarks of the metropolis. The only surviving city gate in Berlin, which used to stand for the division of the city into east and west, has been the symbol of the unity of Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition, the sandstone building is one of the most beautiful examples of German classicism.
April 11, 2019
The Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of German unity from the memorial of division. Its original purpose had nothing to do with politics.
The sandstone Brandenburg Gate is one of the largest and most beautiful creations of German classicism. It was built in the years 1788 to 1791 to designs by Carl Gotthard Langhans the Elder, which was strongly based on the Propylaea of the Athenian Acropolis. King Frederick William II had previously ordered the construction of the Brandenburg Gate, as he sought a dignified architectural end to the boulevard Unter den Linden.
April 18, 2017
The Brandenburg Gate is the most famous Berlin landmark. The gate is crowned by a sculpture, the so-called Quadriga. This is a work designed by the sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow. Up until the opening of the Iron Curtain, it stood directly on the border between East and West Berlin, symbolizing the meeting of the Warsaw Pact and NATO during the Cold War at the most politically sensitive point in their common course of the border.
January 29, 2020
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is one of the most important landmarks of the metropolis. The only surviving city gate in Berlin, which used to stand for the division of the city into east and west, has been the symbol of German unity since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
September 18, 2020
The Brandenburg Gate was built from 1788 to 1791 according to plans by Carl Gotthard Langhans and is modeled on the gateways (Propylaea) of the Athens Acropolis. Six Doric columns on each side are presented to the eleven-meter-deep transom.
In 1793, the Quadriga designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow was placed on top of the Brandenburg Gate. It tells its own story: In 1806 Napoleon brought the Quadriga to Paris as a sign of his triumph. In 1814 it returned to its traditional place in Berlin after the victory over the French Emperor. It has always looked east towards the city center.
With the division of Germany and the construction of the Wall in 1961, the Brandenburg Gate was in the restricted area and was not accessible to Berliners and visitors. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, 100,000 people attended the official opening of the Brandenburg Gate on December 22, 1989 - and shortly afterwards celebrated the first New Year's Eve here. Even today, the Brandenburg Gate stands like no other landmark for the reunified Berlin.
April 11, 2019
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