Welcome to Berlin! The city gate Brandenburg Gate is one of Germany’s most famous buildings, and absolutely crawling with tourists who comparing its significance with the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
In the old days, it was common to have gates around the cities. These marked the city beginning (or end if you like). Visitors would get a grand entrance to the city, and also for security purposes, it was smooth.
The Brandenburg Gate was built in 1788-1791 and is the only remnant of the former city gates of Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate is clearly visible at the end of the boulevard Unter den Linden and has been in constant focus in the context of historical events. Many soldiers have marched through and besides the Brandenburg Gate ran the Berlin Wall.
The gate is 26 meters high and has five passages underneath. Meanwhile, when it was a gate to the city “ordinary” people were only allowed to use the two outermost passages. The other three were reserved for exclusive events.
The look is taken from the port to the Acropolis in Athens, and due to many buildings in Berlin were built in a similar style sometimes Berlin was called “Athens on the Spree.” Spree is the river that runs through Berlin.
That Brandenburg Gate has a symbolic value ignored nor Napoleon. In 1806, he marched into Berlin and stole four-horse carriage which was transferred to Paris as war booty.
The statue on the top which previously represented a peace goddess was changed after Napoleon robbery. When the statue was returned back to Berlin, she changed her appearance and became a goddess of victory. She also got an iron cross in her hands.
After the Second World War, the Brandenburg Gate was almost the only building that was relatively unspoiled in the surrounding neighborhood. For this reason, Berlin decided to renovate the monument in 1957.
The joy was short-lived. The access to Brandenburg Gate disappeared for ordinary people when the Berlin Wall construction began in 1961.
The place remained closed until 1989. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city gate was a prominent symbol of united Germany. Today you find the Brandenburg Gate on the German Euro coins. At the same time the when Euro was introduced in Germany, Brandenburg Gate was restored at a cost of three million US dollars. Now more beautiful than ever!
No visit to Berlin is complete without a glance of the Brandenburg Gate. It is always crowded with tourists and if desired, you can pose next to people in old Soviet uniforms or get impressed by boulevard Unter den Linden which straight, almost as far as the eye can see.