Monday, June 7, 2010

Berlin - Brandenburger Tor/Pariser Platz...

... Brandenburg Gate / Pariser Platz, 1979 ...
Grenzgebiet / Frontier area
Betreten und Befahren verböten /
passage not allowed

... East-German guard watching the tourists, 1979 ...

... view on Reichstag from Eastern sector of East-Berlin ...

... Unter den Linden - a 'no horse-drawn carriage'
traffic sign and lots of Trabi's.
A Kombi/station wagon version was also available.
There were 14 different colors to choose from....

... Brandenburger Tor at dusk,
view from Unter den Linden, 1979 ...

... The Brandenburg Gate appears on the obverse
the 50, 20 and 10 cent German euro coins

... 'So Schmeckt Berlin' bus stop advertisement
with Brandenburg Gate
by Berliner Kindl
Wilkommen in der deutschen Hauptstadt
Brennpunkt von Politik, Wissenschaft und Künsten
Lebendiges Denkmal deutscher Geschichte.
Niemals ruhender Pulsschlag praller Lebensfreude.
Berühmter Standort deutscher Bierkultur.
Die Heimat von Berliner Kindl ...

the Quadriga of Victory, (1793)
by Johann-Gottfried Schadow
on top of the Brandenburg Gate
The Berlin Quadriga is one of the most famous modern
quadrigas in the world. It was designed as a symbol of peace
(represented by the olive wreath carried by Victory).
Located atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, it was seized
Napoleon during his occupation of Berlin in 1806,
and taken to Paris. It was returned to Berlin by
Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher in 1814.
Her olive wreath was subsequently replaced by
an Iron Cross. The statue suffered severe damage
during the Second World War, and the association of
the Iron Cross with Prussian militarism convinced the
Communist government of East Germany to remove
this aspect of the statue after the war.
The iron cross was restored after German
reunification in 1990

... Brandenburger Tor / Pariser Platz, April 2010 ...
... horse-drawn carriages for tourists, 2010 ...

... Brandenburg Gate under Obama's watchful eye ...
... special exhibition "Obama's People"
by Nadav Kander ...

at the Museum THE KENNEDYS ... (DE-EN)
20 March 2010, - 31 October 2010

Brandenburger Tor /
Brandenburg Gate ... (EN)
... is a former city gate and a symbol of division and unity.
... It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia
as a sign of peace and built by Carl Gotthard Langhans
from 1788 to 1791.
The Brandenburg Gate was restored from 2000 to 2002
by the Stiftung Denkmalschutz Berlin.
Today, it is considered one of Europe's
most famous landmarks ...