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Brandenburger Tor

Berlin, Germany
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The last of Berlin's surviving city gates is also one of its most photographed landmarks. And no wonder, for this splendid 12-columned triumphal arch linking the vast Tiergarten city park and the elegant boulevard Unter den Linden is indeed a visual stunner. Its design sprang from the fevered brow of the prolific Carl Gotthard Langhans who looked to Athens and the Acropolis for inspiration. Two years after the gate's completion in 1791, Johann Gottfried Schadow's 'Quadriga' sculpture was hoisted to the top. The monumental bronze shows the Roman goddess of Victory charging east on a chariot drawn by four horses. Napoleon kidnapped the lady in 1806 but she safely returned in 1814. During the Cold... Read More

The last of Berlin's surviving city gates is also one of its most photographed landmarks. And no wonder, for this splendid 12-columned triumphal arch linking the vast Tiergarten city park and the elegant boulevard Unter den Linden is indeed a visual stunner. Its design sprang from the fevered brow of the prolific Carl Gotthard Langhans who looked to Athens and the Acropolis for inspiration. Two years after the gate's completion in 1791, Johann Gottfried Schadow's 'Quadriga' sculpture was hoisted to the top. The monumental bronze shows the Roman goddess of Victory charging east on a chariot drawn by four horses. Napoleon kidnapped the lady in 1806 but she safely returned in 1814. During the Cold War, the Brandenburg Gate was trapped on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, making it a potent symbol of the city's division.

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