Historical Monstrosities Historical Monuments

We’re so ugly we’re beautiful.

Berlin

What few in 1989 wanted was the supposedly dumpy, chronically unfashionable late-1960s buildings around Alexanderplatz, relics of a defunct, unlovable regime that were perceived as having little or no architectural value.

So that’s precisely what we all just got.

The monuments are certainly far from the worst constructions of their time. Best known and most popular is the World Clock, a kitschy but delightful sculpture-cum-timepiece created in 1969 that has long been a popular meeting spot for locals.

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3 responses

  1. The clock thingy and the Fernsehen tower. They were the highlights of my DDR visit back in the late seventies.

  2. The TV Tower is so… is so… What’s the word, anyway? Anyway, it’s so whatever that you have to like it. It could also eventually be used for space exploration.

    The clock is undiscussable.

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