Germany's most recognizable symbol is not as large as many visitors expect, yet its history is rich and fascinating. Built in ... More
Germany's most recognizable symbol is not as large as many visitors expect, yet its history is rich and fascinating. Built in 1791, the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) was modeled on the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. The Quadriga statue on top of the Gatedesigned by sculptor Gottfried Schadowrepresents Victoria, the Goddess of Peace, riding a four-horse chariot. This was one of Berlin's original 14 city gates, yet the only remaining evidence of the other gates are the names of underground stations such as Kottbusser Tor and Schlesisches Tor. The Brandenburg Gate and Pariser Platz have played center stage to numerous turbulent historical events.
THIS IS A VERY MASCULINE CITY AND NOT PRETTY IN THE PARISSIAN OR ROMAN STYLE. BUT I LOVED IT FOR THE ASSAULT ON THE SENSES. IF YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK YOU WILL FIND REAL PLEASURE HERE. IT IS WHAT ROME WAS IN IT'S HAYDAY, STRONG,POWERFUL AND EROTIC.
The Brandenburg Tor is a symbol of Berlin. It is absolutley beautiful and fascinating. It was restored a couple of years ago and si much more stunning than when the Berlin Wall kept you from getting too close.
The history behind the gate and what it symbolizes in German history is fasinating. People who are really interested in German history would really love it, especally if they want to see a major symbol of what the Germans lived through.