The Berlin Wall Memorial of Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer in Mitte is one most important historic site of the German capital. It is the central memorial site of German division, located in the middle of the city of Berlin and situated at the side of Bernauer Strasse, it extends along 1.4 kilometers of the former border strip.
Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer. The madness of the concrete Wall dividing the city
The street’s unique position cut into two sides by the Wall with East Berlin buildings on one side and a pavement/sidewalk on the side of West Berlin evoked the madness of the concrete wall dividing the city.
The memorial contains the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s.
The national memorial site of Gedenkstätte with its Berlin Wall Memorial for divided Germany has a documentation center covering the Berlin Wall’s history in text and dramatic film footage.
Also, nearby, the wooden Chapel of Reconciliation is built on the spot of a church demolished to make way for the border defenses.
The idea of a memorial was suggested by the Deutsches Historisches Museum on behalf of the federal government of Berlin, and architects Kohlhoff & Kohlhoff were commissioned to design it. The cost of the competition and completion was 2.2 million Marks.
The federal government took over the construction costs, while the state covers the maintenance costs. On 11 September 2008, the Berlin House of Representatives approved the opening of the memorial on the anniversary of the day that the Berlin Wall fell.
Gedenkstätte – The Berlin Wall Memorial – http://www.berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de/en/
Dokumentationszentrum Berliner Mauer – https://www.berlin.de/en/museums/gedenkstaette-berliner-mauer.en.html
Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer from Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gedenkstätte_Berliner_Mauer
Deutsches Historisches Museum – https://www.dhm.de/