BERLIN: City Palace

Berlin is getting its City Palace back. During the war, the palace in the center of the city was badly damaged, and in 1950, it was demolished. After the Wall came down, parliament agreed to reconstruction of the palace. The opening is scheduled for next year.

The original palace, main residence of the Electors of Brandenburg, the Kings of Prussia and the German Emperors. (From Wikipedia)
The reconstructed palace will be the seat of the Humboldt Forum, a museum for world culture. The Forum has been described as the German equivalent of the British Museum. In the photo, the beautifully reconstructed baroque facade of the palace (left) meets the modern face of the Humboldt Forum.

Meanwhile, the National Monument to Freedom and Unity, which is to go in front of the palace, has been a bitterly contested model of disunity for a decade. Critics would prefer the memorial in front of parliament, where reunification was formalized, and the design is for a 50-yard-wide crescent that can be walked on and moved by visitors. The design has been mocked as a seesaw, a banana peel and a golden bowl.

An illustration of the memorial (from Wikipedia). Engraved on it will be the chant of the East German freedom protests: “We are the people. We are one people.”
The memorial would go out front, below the palace dome.

The papers warn that time is running out to get building permits and meet construction timetables for an unveiling November 9, 2019 — the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

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