The Brandenburg Gate

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The only remaining town gate of Berlin, The Brandenburg Gate stands at the western end of the avenue Unter den Linden. The city’s iconic landmark is a symbol of Berlin’s Cold War division into East and West and a reminder now of a reunified Germany after the fall of the Wall.

Built in sandstone between 1788 and 1791, the Gate is one of the earliest examples of neo-classical structure in Germany. Designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans, an architect of the Prussian court, it was inspired by the monumental gateway at the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. Facing Pariser Platz, it is 26 meters high and 65.5 meters long, supported by two rows of six Doric columns.

The Quadriga, a sculpture representing the Goddess of Victory, was erected at the top of the Gate in 1793, to be stolen in 1806, when Napoleon’s army transported the statue to Paris as war booty and a sign of victory over Germany. Only in 1814, when Napoleon was forced abdication, the Quadriga finally returned home.

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Pariser Platz 10117 Berlin