The Brandenburg Gate.
The Brandenburg Gate is often called the symbol of Berlin. The gate is the boundary between the ancient and modern parts of the city. During the Cold War it was the starting point from which the building of The Berlin Wall began. It was also the place, from which the first eastern Germans passed the frontier in 1989. The Gate is decorated with a sculpture composition - the quadriga, charioted by goddess Victoria.
The Egyptian Museum.
The Egyptian Museum is one of the most popular museums in Berlin. It features a great collection of Egyptian works of art. The original bust of Nefertiti is one of the most famous exhibits of the museum. The bust was found during the archaeological excavations in 1900. The age of the bust is more than 3000 years old. The museum suffered much damage from the Second World War. A part of its collections was lost, but museum workers managed to save the bust of Nefertiti. When Germany was divided, the collection was also shared between the two parts. The collection, which was given to Eastern Berlin, was exhibited in the Bode Museum. Western Berlin, in its turn, decided to keep the collection in the building near the Charlottenburg Palace. After the unification of Germany it was decided to bring the parts of the collection together. The original building of The Egyptian Museum is under reconstruction now. In 2009 the collection will be placed there again and everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy its magnificence. However, tourists are welcome to visit the museum without waiting for this great day as nowadays it features rather interesting exhibitions. Besides the world-famous bust of Nefertiti one can see there, for example, Egyptian sarcophagi or mummies. More than that, the museum has a great collection of papyri.
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