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Berlin's landmark number one was built between 1788 and 1791. This first classicistical work of this kind in Berlin is 26m high (with quadriga), 65.5m wide and 11m deep. The middle gate, that is 5.6m wide, was reserved for the royal family. The other four gates are 3.8m wide and dedicated for the public transport. Today, the gates are part of a pedestrian zone.
The quadriga with Eirene, the god of peace, was erected in 1793. After the French victory over Prussia Napoleon let it move to Paris. As the French lost a battle in 1813 it one year later came back to its origin. Eirene was reinterpreted and now the statue is seen as Victoria, the god of victory. The quadriga was destroyed in World War II, the only relict is a horse-head, now to be seen in the Märkisches Museum. In 1958 a new quadriga moved to the top of the historic gate.
Address: Pariser Platz, Berlin-Mitte
Directions: S-Bahn: Unter den Linden, Bus 100
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