Fotoeins Friday: downfall, the Berlin Wall
Here along Niederkirchnerstrasse is a 200-metre stretch of the Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer), marking the former border between Berlin-Mitte (East Berlin) and Kreuzberg (West Berlin). In the foreground is the Topography of Terror museum. The neo-Renaissance building behind the wall is the Abgeordnetenhaus or the State Parliament building for the city-state of Berlin. Rising in the background at Potsdamer Platz are two skyscrapers: Kohlhoff Tower on the left, and the Deutsche Bahn headquarters on the right.
9 November 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the second map below, the thick red border marks the extent for West Berlin, which from 1961 to 1989, was an island in the sea of East Germany.
I made the photo above of the Wall section on Niederkirchnerstrasse on 18 March 2011 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/80s, f/5, ISO100, 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5wc.
2 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: downfall, the Berlin Wall”
25 years indeed…I was almost 7 when this happened and I got to visit Berlin in 2000 when the re-building in the former East part has started. Then I visited again in 2004, when the Mitte had become popular and was no longer the “ghost” place that it used to be.
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Hi, Anna. As a young lad, I used to think there’d be three certainties: we’d still be fighting apartheid in South Africa, the Wall would be a long-term fixture on the European landscape, and the Soviet Union would remain large. In a short 25 years, all these are gone: some have said, walls will always come down, empires will always fall. Friends have relayed their stories of visiting just after the fall of the Wall in 1990; changes are so rapid now that things become unrecognizable in a matter of weeks or months! Thanks for reading and for your comment!