Sunday, January 30, 2011

DE-814052

On the same week i booked my trip to Germany, i've received this official from there but i'm not going to Berlin though. My 1st time in Germany will be in Köln but i'll visit other city too.
I've a few cards from Berlin but i think this is my 1st with the Brandenburg Gate.


DE-814052, sent by Gabriela "gabis".
While the only remaining city gate of Berlin formerly used to represent the separation of the city between East and West Berlin, since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolise German unity. In addition, this gate made of sandstone is one of the finest examples of German classicism.
Built according to the plans of Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791, the Brandenburg Gate is modelled on the Propylaeum of Athens’ Acropolis. On both sides, there are six Doric columns supporting the 11 meter-deep transverse beam, which divide the gate into five passages. In 1793, a quadriga designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow was placed on the gate, which points to the east in the direction of the city centre
In light of a decision made by the Berlin Senate, since October 2002 the Brandenburg Gate has been closed for traffic, including buses and taxis." - in:
http://tourist.visitberlin.de/en/spot/brandenburg-gate

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