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Brandenburg Gate (Berlin)

Brandenburg Gate (Berlin)

 

 

 

Pariser Platz
Bus: 100

Subway: Unter den Linden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of the Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburger Tor or Brandenburg Gate was constructed in 1788- 91. It was modeled by Classic Greek entrance to Athenian Acropolis. It is covered by the figures from the ancient mythology. Its four horse chariot known as Quadriga was added in 1795. In 1806 the sculpture was removed by Napoleon Bonaparte, but after the defeat of the French Empire it was returned back in place in 1814. Goddess received a staff with an iron cross and a Prussian eagle to commemorate the victory.

 

 

The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the (temporarily) successful restoration of order during the early Batavian Revolution. One of the best-known landmarks of Germany, it was built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel, which used to be capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg.

It is located in the western part of the city centre of Berlin within Mitte, at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstra├če, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building, which houses the German parliament (Bundestag). The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which led directly to the royal City Palace of the Prussian monarchs.

Throughout its existence, the Brandenburg Gate was often a site for major historical events and is today considered not only as a symbol of the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, but also of European unity and peace.

 

 

 

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