December 22 1989 – The Brandenburg Gate Re-Opens in Berlin

December 22 1989 – The Brandenburg Gate Re-Opens in Berlin5 (100%) 2 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Six weeks after the Berlin Wall came down, the last symbolic barrier between East and West Germany was destroyed on December 22, 1989: the Brandenburg Gate, a stunning 18th-century arch near the center of the city, allowed the free movement of citizens once again. Though political unification would take months to organize and execute, rapturous celebrations erupted on the streets as leaders from both sides met and shook hands. Two hundred years before, King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia ordered the construction of a new monument to peace among the city’s external fortifications. […]