Brandenburg Gate (East Berlin, late August 1961). Military water
trucks with high-pressure hoses line up along the border near the
Gate, to douse anyone from the western side who comes too close. The
first version of the Berlin Wall was a wire barrier put up during the
night of August 12th.
Built in the 18th century, this neo-classical monument marked the start of the road from Berline to Brandenburg an der Havel. The design was based off of the Propylaea, the gate way to the Acropolis in Athens. The monument is 26m high, and 65m wide. Reliefs and Sculptures on the gate depict the tales of Hercules.
The gate has five passages between its doric columns. The central passage, which is the widest, was reserved for royals. The adjacent passages were used by aristocrats. Ordinary citizens were only allowed to use the outer two passages.