February 23, 2018

The “Other” Brandenburg Gate

Don’t you hate it when your younger sibling gets all the attention?  Well this is the case with the “other” Brandenburg Gate.

I bet you didn’t even know Germany had two Brandenburg Gates, did you?  Not only are there two but the gate in Potsdam is the older sibling to the better known Brandenburg gate in Berlin.

Potsdam Germany Brandenburg Gate with Fountain

There used to be a field here instead of fountain hence Country Side!

Yes, Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate was built in 1770 which makes it about 20 years older than its sibling sitting in Berlin.  The Brandenburger Tor or Brandenburg Gate in Potsdam was ordered by Frederick II of Prussia as a symbol of his victory over the Austrians during the Seven Year’s War.

Brandenburg Gate Potsdam Germany City Side

City Side

Both Brandenburg Gates lead to the town of Brandenburg which was the old home to the Brandenburg and Prussian kingdoms.  The Potsdam gate was actually built by two different architects; one was the teacher and the other his pupil, which explains why the two sides are different!

Potsdam Germany Brandenburg Gate Country Side

Country Side

The Baroque beauty does resemble a Roman Triumphal Arch and well it should since it was modeled after the Arch of Constantine in Rome!

It is a grand Triumphal Arch, don’t you think?

 

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Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people with the Potsdam Tourist Office for showing me around their beautiful city! For more information please contact either organization or visit their websites.