|Age||230 years old|
|Commissioned by |
|Prussian king Frederick William II|
Carl G. Langhans
|Model||Propylaea in Athens (gate at the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens)|
|Opening time / |
|Permanently open |
|Getting there||By Train|
– 7 minutes from Berlin to Brandenburg Gate
– 15 minutes Line 100 bus via S+U Brandenburger Tor
|Location||Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany, Europe|
Brandenburg Gate – a former symbol of separation became a symbol of unity
The Brandenburg Gate is a former symbol of a divided city. The gate separated East from West Berlin.
The Gate was built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel.
The gate survived World War II with just a few damages.
The Gate is 26 metres high and 65.5 metres long and is supported by two rows of six Doric columns.
The Brandenburg Gate faces Pariser Platz
Quadriga statue – the sign of victory
In 1793, on the top of Brandenburg Gate Quadriga statue was added. The statue represents the goddess of victory driving a chariot pulled by four horses.
In 1806, Napoleon, the French Emperor, took the statue to Paris as a sign of his victory. In 1814 the Quadriga was returned to Berlin.