Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is a former city gate and one of the main symbols of Berlin and Germany. It is located west of the city center at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which Berlin was once entered. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built by Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791. Having suffered considerable damage in World War II, the Brandenburg Gate was fully restored from 2000 to 2002 by the Stiftung Denkmalschutz Berlin (Berlin Monument Conservation Foundation).[1] Today, it is regarded as one of Europe’s most famous landmarks.

44 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

    • Mike Hardisty August 12, 2011 / 19:56

      Thank you. I was lucky to spend a week in Berlin on business but have the evenings free. Berlin, like many old European cities, is an amazing city for photography


    • Mike Hardisty August 13, 2011 / 07:09

      It is a great structure. I’ve got loads of photos of this, taken from what was West Berlin when the wall was up. This is the first time I’ve been able to take one from what I would call the right side, mainly because of the way the statue is facing


  1. Robin August 12, 2011 / 21:17

    Nice night shot, wonderfullycaptured!


    • Mike Hardisty August 13, 2011 / 07:10

      Thank you. I took a series of shots to make sure I got it right and checked before I left that they were ok.


  2. stephenransome August 12, 2011 / 21:38

    Very nice work Mike, and what a cracking bit of architecture it is. They don’t build em like that anymore. Stunning to look at and at night, breathtaking.
    Cheers M8


    • Mike Hardisty August 13, 2011 / 07:14

      Hi Steve, Berlin is an amazing city, both during the day and night. I should know I lived there for 3 years. Of course like all big European cities Berlin has some amazing architecture and history and I’d highly recommend a visit to anyone who has never been there before. Second only to Vienna, Berlin is on my list of great European cities to visit.


  3. jmeyersforeman August 13, 2011 / 02:57

    beautiful photo, I love this type of architeture, phtographing it at night is a special skill, wonderful.


    • Mike Hardisty August 13, 2011 / 07:16

      It’s not as hard as it seems. A good tripod and a slow exposure on your camera will catch a well lit building easily enough, thank you for your comment though.


  4. john tugano August 13, 2011 / 04:21

    I can only say wow..thats magnificent..no doubt with that=)


    • Mike Hardisty August 13, 2011 / 07:17

      It’s a great structure, especially when you stand right underneath it…


  5. hugmamma August 13, 2011 / 08:16

    A grand entrance, for sure. Such majesty is the norm in Europe…not as apparent in the U.S. Although we have our own treasures as well.:)


    • Mike Hardisty August 15, 2011 / 08:36

      From waht I’ve seen Washington has a few great entrances to photograph, one of these days I’m going to visit. Some of the buildings in Charleston and Savanahh maybe not as grand but the do have some great entrances.


  6. suitablefish August 13, 2011 / 16:08

    beautiful night shot. I like how the white lights stretch out behind the building.


    • Mike Hardisty August 15, 2011 / 08:41

      At the time I never noticed them. I was concentrating on getting the building in focus etc. Behind the Brandenburg Tor is a long straight road which leads to the Soviet War Memorial from WW2. It’s the light of this road you can see.


    • Mike Hardisty August 15, 2011 / 08:43

      Night time photography can be harder to do but you do get some moody images.


  7. thirdhandart August 14, 2011 / 04:31

    Very beautiful entrance and very beautiful photo!


  8. Patti Kuche August 14, 2011 / 17:35

    Fantastic shot of such a stunning entrance! If those columns could talk . . .


    • Mike Hardisty August 15, 2011 / 08:44

      …..they would have an awful lot to say. Berlin and the Brandenburg Tor have had a rich history through the ages.


  9. yi-ching lin August 14, 2011 / 20:52

    gorgeous entrance. the coloring makes it feel so intimate.


    • Mike Hardisty August 15, 2011 / 08:32

      It is rather imposing. Te first time I saw, many years ago, I couldn’t get near enough to photograph it. but I promised myself that one day I would get up real close someday.


  10. Mike Hardisty August 15, 2011 / 08:46

    Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to like, comment or do a pingback to my entry for this week.


  11. ramoncito17 August 15, 2011 / 14:47

    Magnificent posting for this week’s challenge!


  12. the island traveler August 16, 2011 / 08:29

    What a majestic gate. It almost looked like its glowing from the effects of the lights at night. The architectural details is just amazing. What a marvelous history. Great entrance!


  13. 2e0mca August 16, 2011 / 08:33

    Not been there yet – having seen your photo, I must make the effort:-)


  14. Mizz August 16, 2011 / 17:26

    Its a great entrance. Grande and beautiful!


  15. frizztext November 6, 2011 / 19:24

    we had several emotional moments (1989, 1961) standing near to this “entrance” …


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