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Berlin Brandenburg Gate Landmark Bead in Sterling Silver by Carina
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin symbolizes the reunification of Germany. The Gate was built in 1788 - 1791 by Karl Gotthard Langhans. It is shaped after the "Propylene" in Athens. Once the boundary between East and West Berlin, it is now the symbol of reunification. The gate is crowned by a statue of Nike, the winged goddess of victory, driving a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses. The Brandenburg Gate plays a highly symbolic role in German history. Initially, it was the western city gate and until the emperorâ€™s resignation, only members of the royal family were allowed to use the middle part of the gate. In 1806, Napoleon and his troops marched into Berlin and moved the Quadriga to Paris where it was shown in the Louvre as a sign of victory. Marshall BlÃ¼cher took the Quadriga back to Berlin after the victory over the French in 1814. After the German Nazis took over, the gate became a symbol for fascist Germany. It later became one of the most potent symbols of Cold War division of Germany and of Europe. In 1989 the borders between the two German countries were opened and now the gate is a symbol of German reunification.
Remember a visit to this famous German site with this sterling silver bead featuring the Brandenburg Gate facade. This bead features a 5 mm. interior smooth bore bead hole to wear as a pendant or on a bracelet. This bead is compatible with chains by all the major brands, such as Chamilia, Pandora, Pasha, Biagi, Troll, and Bling. Its measurements are approximately 1/2" long by 1/2" tall.
This detailed bead was designed by San Francisco Bay Area artist Shani Yokoyama, hand carved by a master bead wax carver, and then cast in high quality sterling silver with oxidized accents. Clean only with a silver cleaning cloth, and do not use silver polish dip. Collect all of the Landmark Beads to remember your world travels.