It is one of the most characteristic buildings of Berlin. It was built on the site of the former city gate leading to Brandenburg. During the cold war it was the border between East and West Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate was the only Berlin city gate to be spared from war damage. Reconstructed by both parts of the divided city, today it stands impressively between Pariser Platz and Großer Tiergarten.
During the renovation of the statue, a new symbol of power was added to it, namely the Iron Cross.