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The Berlin Wall


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The wall that divided Europe in two, today a cultural monument

Translated by Helen Hardy — 3 years ago

Original text by Mirey Haralampieva

The wall that divided Europe in two, today a cultural monument

It's now 53 years since the Berlin Wall was built; the wall which would divide Europe as we know it in two. This 'iron curtain' was also called the Wall of Shame by the West Berliners, but known as the Antifascist Protection Rampart by the Eastern block. The wall was aimed to prevent mass emigration from the East to the West, though many still attempted to cross the wall to freedom and lost their lives in the process. A total of 280 people died trying to cross a wall 3. 7 metres high and 123 kilometres long.

Today, the segments of the wall that remain are a place for culture and thought. Cycling past, you can take a look at its remnants, colourful and nostalgic, with some pieces of it today transformed into paintings of cultural and historial expression.

The wall that divided Europe in two, today a cultural monument

The majority of this artwork seeks to honour and remember the wall's victims, and also alludes to victory, peace and hope.

The wall that divided Europe in two, today a cultural monument

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

The wall that divided Europe in two, today a cultural monument

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