Photographer's Note

Here I show you Brandeburg Gate (in German "Brandenburger Tor") from south, from Ebertstraße. On the right side you can see the embassy of the United States. My photo was taken some weeks before its inauguration on July 4th 2008.

The gate was built from 1788 to 1791, commissioned by the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm II. The gate is the monumental entry to "Unter den Linden", the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs.
The Brandenburg Gate consists of twelve Doric columns, six to each side, forming five passageways. Citizens originally were allowed to use only the outermost two. Atop the gate is the Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory. This Quadriga was carried off by Napoleon but he wasn't able to erect it in Paris because of his disempowerment in 1814. The returning of the statue was a real festival.

The gate is 26 metres tall, has a width of 66,5 metres and a depth of 11 metres.
This building really has had a changeful history. You can see its status in May 1945 here. During the times of Cold War you can see it here with the "strip of death" and the then wall.

Today, I think, Brandenburger Tor is considered one of Europe's most famous landmarks.

In workshop you can see the "classic" view.

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