Coffer Of Antique Architectures: Berlin – Part III

Amazing Europe | | October 12, 2009 at 1:14 am




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Pergamon Museum:

Enriched with immense miscellany hailing from the ancient times, this is an antique museum with a beautiful collection of artifacts. The most eye-catchy and applauded structure is altar from the Zeus temple located in Pergamon which belonged 180-160 BC. This splendid architecture is appraised as world’s most prominent archaeological discoveries. The museum houses stunning Antique assortment, the East Asian Collection, the near Eastern Museum and the Islamic Museum. So, to know more crispy descriptions about them, pick the electronic guides which are available in various languages at economical prices.

Pergamon Museum

Potsdamer Platz:

Past the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989, Potsdamer Platz face-lifted from an isolated barren land into Europe’s most sought-after location as urban planners worked together to create a modern city in the core of re-united Berlin. However, the remains of old Potsdamer Platz like the legendary Haus Huth and the lavish hotel Esplanade ballroom are today wisely integrated into the Sony Center. Around half of the building consists of offices and rest of the location s converted into entertainment quarters like IMAX and chic shopping malls.

Potsdamer Platz

Reichstag:

The majestic structure of Reichstag is just awe-binding and simply exhibits Germany’s past, present and modern unlike no other buildings. This legendary structure was erected long back in 1884-1894, originally as Parliament for Bismarck’s German Empire. It has stood for more than a century and observed the German history. Subsequently, after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, people’s efforts commenced to stand the building for its original cause with an extra eye-catchy structure. British architect Sir Norman Foster erected an impressive glass dome to the already existing attractive structure. Now-a-days tourists are permitted to climb the dome, from where they can gaze broad picturesque views, a stunning photographic exhibition that reminisces of Reichstag’s turmoil history and also feast upon in the rooftop restaurant.

Reichstag

Brandenburger Tor:

Germany’s most exalted icon may not meet people’s expectations as they might have thought that the structure would be gigantic in form, however it is not. Yet, people don’t need to hesitate because this grandeur structure is embellished with rich historical background. Originally instituted in 1791, the Brandenburg Gate was designed on the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. This is a fascinating location wherein the Quadriga Statue is piled on top of the Brandenburg Gate and is beautifully designed by sculptor Gottfried Schadow which signifies Victoria, the Goddess of Peace riding a four-horse chariot. This was a part of Berlin’s original 14 city gates, ad it remains to be the only evident one and the other gates are marked by the names of underground stations such as Kottbusser Tor and Schlesisches Tor.

The most famous center of attractions are the Brandenburger Gate and Pariser Platz as they have played centre stage to several turbulent historical events. In 1806, the Napoleonic troops nabbed the Quadriga Statue and took to Paris as a war trophy; however they had to return it to Berlin when the French lost the war. Pariser Platz has served as a virtual ecstasy to the Nazis during the Nazi era as it used to host torch-lit processions and military march. During the World War II, the gate suffered huge damages and was re-established later in the 1950’s. Subsequently, after the construction of Berlin Wall, it stood as a hindrance in between the Brandenburg Gate and the citizens of both Germanys as it became unapproachable to reach there. Ultimately, it stood as a symbol of cold war divisions for the inhabitants of Germany. And when the Berlin Wall fell on 9th November 1989, enormous masses thronged here to commemorate the end of cold war and to begin a new world order. Today, the north wing of the gate houses a ‘quiet room’ where tourists can flock in peace, whereas the south wing shelters a Tourist Information Office for the convenience of tourists (10am-6pm between Mondays and Sundays).

Brandenburger Tor

Schloss Charlottenburg:

Erected in 1695, this legendary baroque palace was built by King Friedrich Wilhelm I for his adored wife, Queen Sophie Charlotte as a summer house. This is a plush, beautiful and antique location which enshrines some antique collections belonging to the past. The verdant green Royal Gardens houses numerous small structures, amidst one is the elaborate rococo Belvedere which preserves a grandeur collection of porcelain and Schinkel Pavilion which shelters drawings, sculptures, paintings, furniture and porcelain by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Also, tourists get an opportunity to glance the neo-classical Mausoleum which incorporates the ancient tombs of Queen Louise, Emperor Wilhelm I, King Friedrich Wilhelm II and Empress Augusta.

Coffer Of Antique Architectures: Berlin – Part I

Coffer Of Antique Architectures: Berlin – Part II

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