How imposing is this?The Brandenburg Gate is a very important symbol of the unity of East and West Germany.
The Berlin Wall use to run along just behind it. The gate was the location for last year's 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall.
It's the last remaining of the 8 original gates that provided entry points into the old gated city of Berlin.
Miraculously while everything else in the plaza lay in ruins after the Second World War the Brandenburg Gate was left standing - abeit peppered with hundreds of bullet holes.
The gate underwent expensive and time-consuming refurbishment and recently opened to the public again. It is closed to vehicle traffic. I love the Doric columns.
It's crowned with a Quadriga - a four horse chariot drawn by Victoria the Roman Goddess of Victory. Napoleon apparently took the Quadriga back to Paris after the 1806 Prussian defeat but it was returned 8 years later when he was rolled and the iron cross was added as a symbol of Prussian power.
This is the holocaust memorial - just a block away from the Brandenburg Gate. It was controversially built 5 years ago to commemorate the thousands of Jews who died across Europe.Controversial because many Jews felt it was unnecessary. The designer Peter Eismann wanted to capture ''an ordered system that has lost touch with human reason''.