Match Brandenburg Gate / Berlin City Palace
This beautiful match box combines sentimentality and utility. Bring home the rich history of Berlin with this nifty matchbox adorned with the print of the Brandenburg Gate and the City Palace. A widely known and well visited landmark in Germany's capital, the Brandenburg Gate is a monumental memorial and living memory. For almost 30 years (1961-1989) the Brandenburg Gate was the symbol of division not only between the two German states, pulled apart as a result of World War II but also between the Democratic West and the Communist East. Ever since then the Brandenburg Gate has remained to be one of Berlin's best-known monuments. Since 1989, this memorial turned into a living memory of shame and fame, a politics of inhuman behaviour and of people's courage to overcome whatever is build against them. Today, the old 'death-strip' has given place to the Holocaust memorial and the words of German's President Richard von Weizsackers echo this: The German question has become the question of an open world and the opened Brandenburg Gate reminds of the importance of freedom in it.
The motif on the opposite side of the match box is that of Berlin's City Palace. It served as the royal and imperial residential palace in the centre of Berlin for the Prussian ruling house, the Hohernzollerns and of the subsequent German Emperors from 1701 to 1918. It was primarily the winter residence of the Kings of Prussia and the German Emperors. The palace was originally built in the 15th century, underwent countless changes throughout the next few centuries and was finally completed in the 18th century. Its Baroque style is attributed to German architect Andreas Schlüter. The palace became a museum following the fall of the German Empire in 1918. The palace was heavily damaged by Allied bombing in World War II. Although it could have been repaired at great expense, the palace was demolished in 1950 by the German Democratic Republic authorities, despite West German protests. Since 2012 the building of the new Berlin palace – Humboldt Forum started and is expected to be completed in 2019.
- Packaging dimensions: 6.5 x 11 cm
- Front motif: Brandenburg Gate
- Back motif: Berlin City Palace
- Matches: 10 cm
- box with ca. 45 matchsticks
- Designs are custom made
- Made in Germany