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Transcript of Berlin
Die Hauptstadt von Deutschland Einwohner:
3.4 Millionen Brandenburger Tor Erbaut: 1778-1791 Quadriga
Added in 1793
Stolen by Napoleon in 1806
Returned after the Battle of Waterloo Changing Symbolism:
Built as a symbol of peace
Became a symbol of defeat when Napoleon stole the Quadriga
Changed to a symbol of victory when the Quadriga was returned
Symbol of division while the Berlin Wall stood
Symbol of reunification since the fall of the Berlin Wall Berliner Dom A church was built on this site in 1465. It was replaced in 1747 and again in 1822. The current cathedral was built between 1894 and 1905. The cathedral was heavily damaged by a fire bomb during WWII. Reconstruction did not begin until 1984 and was completed in 1993. Fernsehturm Built in 1969 by the East German Government
Stands 368 meters (1,207 feet) and it is the tallest structure in Germany
It is the 4th tallest man-made structure in Europe
A viewing platform gives visitors a 360 degree view of Berlin
Visitors can dine in the revolving restaurant, located above the viewing platform Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche Built in the 1890s Damaged during an air raid on November 23, 1943.
Most of the church was destroyed, but the spire and part of the entry hall remained. The damaged spire was left as-is and the ground floor has been turned into a memorial hall. Built between 1961-1963.
The honeycombed interior consists of 21,292 stained glass windows.
Inside capacity: 1,000 New Church In the 17th and 18th Centuries, Berlin was a walled city. The Brandenburg Gate was one of 18 entrances into the city. The 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall took place on November 9, 2009. The Brandenburg Gate was a focal point for the celebrations, including a concert by U2. R
G Seat of the German Parliament
Symbol of German Government Built in 1894 Heavily damaged during WWII and left in a state of disrepair until after Reunification in 1990. The glass dome was added in 1999. A ramp spirals around the inside all the way to the top of the dome. Visitors get a breath-taking view of Berlin from the top of the ramp. Potsdamer Platz Construction began in 1994
480,000 square foot area
Includes: several towers, a large shopping area, an entertainment center (including an IMAX theater), and residential buildings Alexanderplatz At the beginning of the 19th Century, the Alexanderplatz (known to locals as "Alex") was a busy shopping area. When the city was divided, it lay in the heart of East Berlin. The Soviet government built large, bulky buildings, like the Fernsehturm. A distinguishing feature of the Alexanderplatz is the Weltzeituhr (World Time Clock). This continuously rotating clock shows the current time in major cities all over the world. The Kurfürstendamm is a 2-mile long boulevard full of shops, hotels, car showrooms, fashion designers (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Cartier, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana) restaurants, and residential buildings. Locals call it Ku'damm. Famous sculture simply called "Berlin." Just for the fun of it... Kaufhaus des Westens -- Department Store of the West 2nd largest department store in Europe
40,000-50,000 visitors every day
Originally built in 1907; renovated multiple times over the years
Mostly destroyed during WWII; a fighter plane crashed into the store in 1943 60,000 square meters
(equal to 9 football fields!) From my 2006 trip to Berlin The Dome Two views of the church from my visit in 2006. Picture from my trip in 2006 Olympiastadion My uncle Richard and my cousin Nicole in 2006.