East Side Gallery is located on the Muhlenstrasse in Berlin, close to the East Railway Station. It is the world's largest open-air gallery.
Dividing Berlin into two parts, the wall was built by the GDR authorities in 1961. It divided the city until November 1989. While attempting to escape to the west side, more than 100 people were killed, the exact number of victims is disputed and uncertain, various sources say from 86 to 238 fatal cases.
East Side Galerry was established immediately after the peaceful revolution in 1989. Over one hundred artists from around the world painted images on concrete slabs, which are a commentary on the political developments in the groundbreaking years of the Cold War. The wall has a length of 1,316 meters and contains more than 100 original graffiti. The best-known works include the image of "Brotherly Kiss", depicting Leonid Brezhnev kissing Erich Honecker and; its author is Dimitrij Rubel.
The colorful wall is a symbol of the struggle for freedom. However, it is possible that it soon will be demolished, because a residential building is meant to be built here.
The gallery is advisable especially for older children, a minimum of 9-10 years. Younger ones will be rather bored.
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