Saturday, 21 April 2012

Berlin: The Wall

There seems to be bits and pieces of the Berlin Wall all over Berlin, in places, cobblestones traced the actual wall on the street.  The longest section in the East Side Gallery had been painted over with some very expressive graffiti images which you can see below.  But the section in Bernauer Strasse, which was only a short walk from our apartment, was the most fearsome.  You can climb up a tower to see the two parallel walls and the no man's land in between.  The site has a memorial chapel and a museum with some very touching and thought-provoking exhibits.  Definitely worth a visit.

Cobblestones mark the wall on Berlin streets

The longest stretch of the wall at the East Side Gallery

My favourite
Here's the section on Bernauer  Strasse with the tower in the distnace
Sculpture on the grounds of the Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial
Chapel of Reconciliation built on the grounds of the former Church of Reconciliation, which was destroyed in 1985 because of its awkward location between the walls - 5 years later, the Berlin wall came down
The new chapel with its double walls 
A section of the wall just in front of the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, itself a historical monument.  I was very lucky to catch the Hannes Kilian photography exhibit when I was there.

The iconic Frulingstanz

The sign at Checkpoint Charlie

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