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The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is the trademark of Berlin. The main entrance to the city, surrounded by the wall for thirty years, was known as a symbol for the division of the city and for the division of the world into two power blocs. It was built at the end of the eighteenth century. It is the only gate which survived, because it constitutes the monumental termination of Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which led directly to the residence of the Prussian kings until the destruction of the city castle. The architect selected as the model for his design the Propylaea in Athens, the monumental entry hall of the Acropolis. Just as the Propylaea led to a shrine of the Ancient world, this gate was to represent the access to the most important city of the Prussian kingdom.
The Brandenburg Gate is crowned with a quadriga depicting the goddess of victory, 'who brings peace', marching into the city.
The Brandenburg Gate is not only a symbol of division and reunification; it was also the site of many other events in German history, a history characterized by so many peaks and troughs. In 1806 Napoleon marched triumphantly into Berlin and carried the Quadriga away with him to Paris as a spoil of war. In 1814, after the victorious conclusion of the wars of liberation, Schinkel replaced the oak wreath on the goddess' scepter with an iron cross, changing the figure's interpretation from a courier of peace into a goddess of victory. In 1933 the National Socialists marched through the gate in a martial torch parade, introducing the darkest chapter of German history, ultimately leaving the city destroyed and Germany divided.

Address: Pariser Platz
Directions: S-Bahn: Unter den Linden, Bus 100
Phone: 100200
Website: http://www.brandenburg-gate.de

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2003
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