Cracks appear in Brandenburg Gate despite 4 million Euros restoration

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It is to Berlin what the Arc de Triomphe is to Paris or Trafalgar Square is to London. So news that growing cracks have been observed in the pillars of the Brandenburg Gate has caused alarm in the German capital.

The classical columns, which are synonymous with the ecstatic scenes of reunion after the Berlin wall was dismantled in 1989, are thought to have cracked under the strain of nearby construction work and because of shoddy restoration work carried out on it six years ago.

The cracks, which are up to 30cm (12in) deep, are being opened even wider so that they can be sealed properly from within.

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