Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace, the Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most important monuments – both as an architectural landmark and historic symbol – for over 200 years. The grandest of a series of 18 gates through which the city was accessed, the Brandenburg Gate was constructed between 1788 and 1791 from the designs of architect Carl Gotthard Langhans and was inspired by the Propylaea in Athens. Built in sandstone and comprised of 12 Doric columns, the gate’s crown jewel is the Quadriga, a sculpture of a chariot and 4 horses depicting Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, created by Johann Gottfried Schadow.
Architectural replica of the real-world Brandenburg Gate
Booklet included with details on design and history. (English language only)
I received the Brandenburg Gate set for Christmas. I recently assembled it and was impressed with the results. It's not exactly perfect, however. I took my time putting it together, and it took me about 40-45 minutes. The first thing issue occured as I began to assemble the roof. The directions called for two levels of wedged pieces to create a roof — however, they didn't line up so great.
There was only one more problem with set. I built the columns, and then I was to lay a 2 by 6 piece on top of the columns to hold them together and create a roofed enviroment. The 2 by 6 pieces didn't line up with the columns harmoniously, and I had trouble fitting them there.
All in all, I was quite satisfied with the model. Like all Architecture sets, it didn't seem too challenging to assemble. The Brandenburg Gate might be my favorite of the Architecture models I've acquired, which includes The Empire State Building, The Sears (Willis) Tower, and The Seattle Space Needle. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Architecture sets.