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The Brandenburg Gate is the city gate of Potsdam, located in the western half of Brandenburg Street. Do not confuse them with the more widely known Berlin Brandenburg Gate, which is 18 years younger than the Potsdam Gate.
The Brandenburg Gate in Potsdam was built in 1770 and served as a symbol of victory in the Seven Years War. At this place there was at that time another gate of a more modest appearance. But Frederick II wanted to commemorate the victory with a larger-scale structure.
The project of the gate, nicknamed the Small Brandenburg, was entrusted to the architects Karl von Gontard and Georg Christian Unger. The shape of the gate strongly resembled the triumphal arch of Ancient Rome, and the architects were guided by the Roman arch of Constantine. Notable ancient Roman architectural elements include double Corinthian columns and a massive cornice.
The Potsdam Brandenburg Gate has two different facades, one facade per architect. Gontard was responsible for the facade facing the city, while Unger was responsible for for the external. Later, under Frederick Wilhelm IV, in 1843, side passages appeared for the convenience of pedestrians.
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