The Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate

This Neoclassical structure is one of the best-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany.

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Brandenburg, Langhans, Berlin, classicist, Classicism, gate, Frederick William II, peace, symbol, Germany, architecture, edifice

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Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is located in Berlin, the capital of Germany. It was commissioned by Prussian King Frederick William II. The gate was designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans and built between 1788 and 1791.

The Neoclassical design of the gate is based on the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It was built from sandstone. The gate is supported by twelve Doric columns that form five openings. The interior of the openings and the attic adorning the top of the gate were decorated with reliefs.

The central piece of the structure is the statue placed above the attic. This 5-metre-tall statue depicts Victoria, the winged goddess of victory on a chariot drawn by four horses, called a quadriga.

Today, the Brandenburg Gate is one of the most important landmarks in Berlin and Germany. It has witnessed numerous historic events – historic both for Europe and the entire world.

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The Brandenburg Gate is located in Berlin, the capital of Germany. It was commissioned by Prussian King Frederick William II. The gate was designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans and built between 1788 and 1791.

The Neoclassical design of the gate is based on the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It was built from sandstone. The gate is supported by twelve Doric columns that form five openings. The interior of the openings and the attic adorning the top of the gate were decorated with reliefs.

The central piece of the structure is the statue placed above the attic. This 5-metre-tall statue depicts Victoria, the winged goddess of victory on a chariot drawn by four horses, called a quadriga.

Today, the Brandenburg Gate is one of the most important landmarks in Berlin and Germany. It has witnessed numerous historic events – historic both for Europe and the entire world.

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