Brandenburg Gate, 1951

Brandenburg Gate, 1951Brandenburg Gate, 2020

The black and white image shows the Brandenburg Gate as it appeared in 1951, still showing damage from WWII and instead of the usual Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, which was almost totally destroyed, the Soviet flag was flown atop this iconic monument instead.

Vehicles and pedestrians were free to travel through the gate until construction of the Berlin Wall began in August 1961.

The image from 2020 shows the monument fully restored, now one of Berlin’s most recognisable symbols, and one of the city’s main tourist attractions.


Photo from 1951: Bundesarchiv from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany

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