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Brandenburg Gate

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Berlin, Germany.

  • Photo of Brandenburg Gate
  • Photo of Brandenburg Gate
  • Photo of Brandenburg Gate
  • Photo of Brandenburg Gate
Photo of Brandenburg Gate
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Like the Eiffel Tower to Paris, the Empire State Building to New York or the Opera House to Sydney so is the Brandenburg Gate to Berliners and visitors to Berlin. At the end of an equally famous tree lined street between the gate and the palace. Originally one in a set this is the last survivor of a line of gates you used to have to pass though to enter Berlin. When the wall went up the gate was in a kind of no mans land technically in West Germany but too close to the wall for people to use and it was a big deal to Berliners when it reopened after the wall came down.

The Nazis used the gate in their propaganda so most people know it from there and surprisingly it wasn’t destroyed in the war.

Another cool story about the gate is that after one successful battle, Napoleon took the garnishing statue (the goddess of victory riding a chariot) back with him to Paris, but the Germans got it back eight years later when they took Paris.

Written by  paul.birss.

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