Welcome to another around the world with with me, Dave. This is the place where I tell you all about the places around the world I hope to one day visit.
Our stop this week takes us to Germany for something a little more modern (by which I mean the late 1700’s).
This week’s stop is the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and sadly there is no mystery with this one as we know who, why, when, and how it was built, however despite that I still think it is an impressive site.
The Brandenburg Gate is a neoclassical triumphal arch based upon the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, and acts in a similar manner in that it serves as the monumental entry to Under den Linden which leads directly to the Royal City Palace of the Prussian Monarchs.
It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and was built by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791.
Brandenburg Gate was extensively damaged during the Second World War and fully repaired/restored from 2000 to 2002 after being inaccessible during the Cold War because of the Partition of Germany.
I’m not going to make any jokes about German or European history here. Brandenburg Gate was built as a sign of peace and despite it’s, shall we say rocky history, let’s remember it for that instead.
As for the chariot on top drawn by four horses, that is called the Quadriga and it is emblems triumph, victory, and fame while in classical mythology it was seen as the chariots of the Gods.
Remember to check back next week to see where we’ll be stopping next time.
Missed previous stops? Check them out below