Gate of Unity

The Brandenburg Gate, or “Brandenburger Tor” in German, is one of the most well-known landmarks of Germany. It was rebuilt in the 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch.

Brandenburger Gate on a winter afternoon

Brandenburger Gate on a winter afternoon

During the Partition of Germany after the Second World War, the gate was isolated and inaccessible because the Berlin Wall was built immediately next to it. The area around the gate featured most prominently in the media coverage of the opening of the wall in 1989.

Throughout its existence, the Brandenburg Gate was often a site for major historical events and is today considered a symbol of the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, but also of European unity and peace.

Berlin, Germany, February 2013.

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