Thursday, October 30, 2008

Germany - Berlin (DE-229602)

I often think "Berlin is so close to the Polish border that I can always go there". And because of this way of thinking, I haven't been to Berlin yet. But this postcard makes me think that Berlin is a really beautiful city and that I should finally go there :)

The Gendarmenmarkt is a square in Berlin, and the site of the Konzerthaus and the French and German Cathedrals. The centre of the Gendarmenmarkt is crowned by a statue of Germany's poet Friedrich Schiller. The square was created by Johann Arnold Nering at the end of the seventeenth century as the Linden-Markt and reconstructed by Georg Christian Ungerin 1773. The Gendarmenmarkt is named after the cuirassier regiment Gens d'Armes, which was deployed at this square until 1773.

During World War II most of the buildings were badly damaged or destroyed. Today all the buildings are restored to their former state.


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