The Wall Monuments

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You can find Wall Monuments all over the city of Berlin. They are charted in mostly every city map of Berlin and are easy to reach with the S-Bahn or on foot. The most popular and largest Wall Monument (1316 m long) is the East-Side-Gallery in the Mühlenstraße between the Ostbahnhof and the Oberbaumbrücke along the river Spree. It is called East-Side-Gallery because after the Fall of the Wall in 1989 artists from all over the world commented the political changes of the years 1989/90 in 106 paintings and graffiti and it is on the formerly east side of Berlin. Lots of those paintings are strongly weathered in the course of time - mostly because of urban emissions. So there was found an association to save this Wall Monument from further destruction and it was renovated and conserved. The East-Side-Gallery is a listed building.

You can find Wall Monuments all over the city of Berlin. They are charted in mostly every city map of Berlin and are easy to reach with the S-Bahn or on foot. The most popular and largest Wall Monument (1316 m long) is the East-Side-Gallery in the Mühlenstraße between the Ostbahnhof and the Oberbaumbrücke along the river Spree. It is called East-Side-Gallery because after the Fall of the Wall in 1989 artists from all over the world commented the political changes of the years 1989/90 in 106 paintings and graffiti and it is on the formerly east side of Berlin. Lots of those paintings are strongly weathered in the course of time – mostly because of urban emissions. So there was found an association to save this Wall Monument from further destruction and it was renovated and conserved. The East-Side-Gallery is a listed building.

Another place where you can find Wall Monuments is the Mauerpark (Prenzlauer Berg). The Wall Monument is situated at the Jahnstadion and a very popular meeting point for graffiti artists. You can watch them spraying on the rests of the Wall and the motives are changing every day. Checkpoint Charlie, another famous monument reminding the DDR and BRD times where you can find some remains of the Wall, is one of the most famous formerly border crossings between the American sector (Kreuzberg) and the Soviet sector (Mitte). It divided the Friedrichstraße into two parts. You can visit the Mauermuseum (Wall Museum) here where you can also buy original parts of the Wall. Further Wall Monuments can be found at Potsdamer Platz, Invalidenstraße, Bernauer Straße, and so on. The years of the Wall was one of the darkest in the German history – lots of people died because they wanted to get out of the very restrictive east-part of Berlin. Who wanted to get out had to survive a risky escape – jump over barbwire, crawl through fences, swim through canals or the river Spree, or even jump out of an apartment-house. Lots of people died while their try of escape. They drowned, got deadly injured or were shot by the DDR-police and/or Stasi.

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written by agrimony on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations

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