Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fernsehturm, Berlin's icon

Berlin's answer to the Effel Tower in Paris is Fernsehturm (TV Tower). When I saw it in a photo before arriving in Berlin, I didn't really understand why it has become Berlin's icon.

Once I'm walking around the city, I understand why. Its view is simply ubiquitous. Almost anywhere in Berlin you will notice its presence.

Even Berlin's other landmarks such as Brandenburger Tor and Berliner Dom are haunted by the TV Tower.

The more I see the tower's futuristic design, the more I feel affinity to it.

Although it was erected by the atheist communist government in 1969, the cross appears on the ball when it's sunny (known as Pope's Revenge).

West Berlin failed to produce such a landmark. Although the West won the Cold War, the East scored in this respect.

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