Surrounded by gates and security people to control the public expected to swarm into the square to view the World Soccer game on giant TV screens, this gate became just a quick photostop for our SPB Tour group. The gate is more impressive in pictures, I think. For one thing, the openings between the cream colored columns were not as wide as I had expected. Also, it wasn't as tall and majestical as I had expected. Perhaps even the ornate gilt sculpture of a classical figure in a chariot whipping horses has lost its importance over time. I looked at it and thought I had seen a similar sculpture of victory on another entrance tower in another city. The Gate is in a square where the US embassy is located. It is the only US embassy without a protective compound and visitors can walk right up the to the door as one would to a hotel or business office. A hotel, made famous by Michael Jackson dangling his baby outside one of their hotel windows to show him off to his fans, is also located on this square. Directly opposite the Brandenburg Gate is the famous Unter den Linden street. It, too, was a disappointment as I had imagined very tall trees providing shade over a wide boulevard. The trees, planted perhaps 5 years ago, looked puny to my imaginative ones. This road was also blocked off so our tour bus couldn't drive along it which I had wanted to do, but I guess doing so would have turned out not to be such a big deal after all. The guide did point out that Hitler's army marched through the Brandenburg Gate en masse one day and I tried to imagine that sight and the time it would have taken for that display of might.
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