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The Brandenburg Gate gate is 26m (65 ft) high, 65.5 m (213 ft) wide and 11 m (36 ft) thick. Based on the Propylea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, the Brandenburg Gate was the first Greek revival neo-classical structure in Berlin. It consists of twelve Doric columns, six on each side creating five portals. The Quadriga, a statue consisting of the goddess of peace, driving a four-horse triumphal chariot is mounted above the gate, which is flanked by two smaller buildings in similar style which served as gatehouses.
The current Brandenburg Gate was constructed between 1788 and 1791 as part of a programme of building works to improve the wall and many of its gates. The Brandenburg Gate was designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans in the classicist style; in 1793 it was complemented by the Quadriga, the triumphal statue of the winged goddess of peace driving a four-horse chariot.
Following the Second World War the Brandenburg Gate found itself just inside the Soviet sector, putting it under control of the East Berlin government. Between 1956 and 1957 the Gate was restored in an act of cooperation between both halves of the divided city. The Quadriga was also reproduced using the original forms, although East Berlin insisted on the removal of the Iron Cross and Eagle as symbols of militarism.
Platz des 18. März (0.0 km), Pariser Platz (0.1 km), The Kennedys (0.2 km), French Embassy in Berlin (0.2 km), Hotel Adlon (0.2 km), Brandenburger Tor (Station) (0.2 km), The British Embassy in Berlin (0.3 km), Holocaust Memorial (0.3 km), Hungarian Embassy (0.3 km)