30 December 2012

Untitled photo

Fernsehturm, the television tower in Alexanderplatz, central Berlin, Germany's tallest structure.

Built as a show of GDR strength and to be an icon of East Berlin, but also an excellent example of the pettiness of political rhetoric, positioned deliberately to loom over West Berlin's Reichstag when the latter is viewed from the front, and in return cited by Ronald Reagan as "the Pope's revenge" because the diamond-shaped reflection of sunlight on sphere sometimes looks vaguely a little bit not really very much like a Christian cross.

I visited the city in December 2007 and got these shots.

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