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"Brandenburg Gate" Brandenburger Tor Tip by aliante1981

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin: 190 reviews and 313 photos

  The Top of the Gate
by aliante1981

Or, The Brandenburg Gate, (as known to English-speakers) is the quintessential symbol of Berlin.


A magnificent Neo-classical structure, modeled on the Athenian Propylaea (the entrance to the Acropolis), it was constructed between 1778 and 1791. Its sculptured decorations were completed in 1795. A pair of pavilions, once used by guards and customs officers, and now apparently idle, frames its powerful Doric colonnade and entablature. The bas-reliefs depict scenes from Greek mythology and the whole structure is crowned by Johann Gottfried Schadow's famous sculpture, Quadriga. In 1806, during the French occupation, the sculpture was dismantled, on Napoleon's orders, and taken to Paris. On its triumphal return in 1814, it was declared a symbol of victory, and the goddess received a staff bearing the Prussian eagle and an iron cross adorned with a laurel wreath.


Throughout its history, the Brandenburg Gate has borne witness to many of Berlin's important events. Located in East Berlin, the gate was restored between 1956 and 1958, when the damaged Quadriga was rebuilt in West Berlin, Over the next 40 years it stood watch over the divided city, until 1989, when the first section of the Berlin Wall came down. Then, instead of being a symbol of the divided Berlin, the Gate became the scene of a party that people who saw it (whether on TV or live) will hardly forget. I won’t in any case, even if our own dictatorship, the USSR, still stood in place.


Another impressive memory I have, that’s connected with the Brandenburg Gate, is my first sight of it, in the evening upon my arrival in Berlin. Magnificently lighted up, it was amazing!

Address: Pariser Platz, Berlin-Mitte
Directions: S-Bahn: Unter den Linden, Bus 100
Phone: 100200

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  • Updated Jul 2, 2003
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