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Weekly Photo: Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany at Night

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Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Thomas Wolf.

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Brandenburger Tor, or Brandenburg Gate, is a historical landmark located in Berlin, Germany, one of the most easily-recognized attractions in the country. It is a former city gate, rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch. The city of Berlin used to be walled, with many gates around with which to enter. The Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving gate now.

In the western portion of the city, it is located at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, west of Pariser Platz. It was highly symbolic in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell East and West were unified again. The Brandenburg Wall has its place in history also for U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s famous speech, where he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

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