Last revised: May 16, 2013

BERLIN WALL - Brandenburg Gate.

October 3, 2002


Brandenburg Gate (the symbol of German division and reunification) reopened today after a major restoration project. Hidden behind scaffolding and protective covering for the past two years, the Berlin landmark had damage dating back to WWII repaired, and its sandstone exterior was cleaned.


Today, the 12th anniversary of German reunification, dignitaries (including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and President Johannes Rau) opened a giant zipper in the wrapping.

Completed in 1791, the Brandenburg Gate is the only one of 18 original city gates still standing. Carl G. Langhans (1732-1808), who built the gate, modeled it after the propylaeum of the Athenian Acropolis. On top was the "Quadriga of Victory," a statue of a chariot drawn by four horses. Heavily damaged in WWII, the gate was restored in 1957-58. From 1961 to 1989 the Berlin Wall shut off access to it to both East and West; the gate was reopened in 1989 with the reunification of East and West Berlin.

June 12, 1987

 President Ronald Reagan

U.S. President Ronald Reagan -- address at the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Federal Republic of Germany. He urges Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

June 26, 1963

U.S. President John F. Kennedy visits Berlin and says: "Ich bin ein Berliner."

The Berlin Wall for 28 years (1961-1989)


Checkpoint Charlie in the background.

Checkpoint Charlie as seen from a subway exit!

Bus stop next to the Berlin Wall.

August 13, 1961

The Berlin sectorial border between East and West Berlin is closed, barriers are built.

 Brandenburg Gate - Before the Wall!

And AFTER...

The Forbidden Zone

A view from the other side!

Cancelled Letter on the day the Berlin Wall is opened, after 28 years.

NOTE: More photos of Berlin may be viewed on JIM REUSCH'S  Album Page
when he visited Berlin in 1958 with the BPOE Baseball Team.

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