Brandenburg Gate: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Brandenburg Gate.

  • The Brandenburg Gate is a triumphal arch in Berlin.
  • Commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II, the Brandenburg Gate was built between 1788 and 1791.
  • It was designed, by Carl Gotthard Langhans, to represent peace.
  • The gate is made up of 12 columns, forming five walkways.
  • A statue of a chariot drawn by four horses (called a quadriga) sits on top of the gate.
  • In 1806, Napoleon had the Quadriga statue removed from the gate. It was kept in Paris until Napoleon was defeated in 1814, when it was returned to Berlin.

Brandenburg Gate

  • The goddess Victoria is riding in the chariot.
  • The gates style is based on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
  • When the Nazis came to power, the Brandenburg Gate was used as a Nazi symbol.
  • The gate survived World War II, but it was riddled with bullet holes and the Quadriga was almost totally destroyed.
  • After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Brandenburg Gate came to symbolize freedom.
  • In 2000 the gate was repaired and restored. The work cost 6 million Euros.
  • The area around the Brandenburg Gate is now fully pedestrianized.

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