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Berlin. Monument to Soviet Soldiers. Reichstag. Brandenburger Tor. Unter den Linden

Nefer • 4 minutes read • August 19th, 2016
Here's the Monument to Soviet Soldiers in 


. It was unusual to see such a memorial in the middle of the German capital near the 


. There are two tanks and anti-aircraft guns on the sides of the monument, all the inscriptions on the monument are in Russian, and on the side plates, in English and German.
Reichstag is translated from German as "Imperial Diet". In the years 1894-1933, this building was a meeting place for the Reichstag of the German Empire and the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic. In May 1945, the Victory Banner was hoisted on its roof. And since 1990, it has housed the Bundestag.
We looked at the line and decided to go inside later...

The Brandenburg Gate

is the famous symbol of Berlin that has celebrated its bicentenary. It had been a symbol of the division of Germany for many years, and after 1989, it became the embodiment of the country's reunification.
Just behind the gate, there's the beginning of the Unter den Linden (it is translated from German as "under the linden trees"). This is one of Berlin's most famous boulevards. Linden trees appeared on the site of the present Unter den Linden in 1647, on the orders of Friedrich Wilhelm. "The Great Elector" used to ride along this way from the royal palace to his hunting grounds in Tiergarten. In 1936, the trees were damaged during the construction of the subway and during the preparation for the Olympic Games, and in 1944-1945, they were cut down for firewood, so the boulevard now is not as luxurious as it used to be.
The Russian Embassy and the office of Aeroflot are situated on Unter den Linden.
And at the end of Unter den Linden, there is an equestrian statue of Frederick II the Great - King of Prussia (1740 - 1786).
Here's St. Hedwig's Cathedral (1747). Its dome and wall arrangement were copied after the Pantheon, if I'm not mistaken.
Bebelplatz is one of the central squares of Germany's capital city, Berlin. On May 10, 1933, this square became the site of the famous book burning. About 70,000 students and professors burned books by authors that were named "anti-German": Sigmund Freud, Erich Kästner, Heinrich Mann, Karl Marx, and Kurt Tucholsky. A book burning memorial, created by Israeli artist Micha Ullman, is in the center of the square and reminds people of these events: empty white bookshelves under the glass plate go deep under the ground.
Author: Nefer
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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