Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor

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The Brandenburg Gate was designed in 1788 by German Architect C.G. Langhans and erected in 1791 at the western border of what is now downtown Berlin at the city square called "Pariser Platz". The structure served as a customs gate (a checkpoint for taxing traders) in the Prussian capital until the city's population and size increased in the 1800's, making the gate more of a monument than a functional building. The Brandenburg gate did not achieve its current fame, however, until it stood right at the dividing wall between East and West Germany during the Cold War. Today, the Brandenburger Tor is the iconic symbol of Berlin, standing firm and representing the many changes of this city's past. #3d_challenge_044
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