A Piece of History

Berlin Wall, Germany

Berlin Wall, Germany

This great postcard (despite the less-than-flattering scan) comes from a good friend in Germany, Kim, who lives in Frankfurt. The reason that the postcard did not scan so wonderful is because it contains a little piece of history as can be seen in the top right corner, i.e. A tiny piece of the Berlin Wall. The wall was constructed on 13 August 1961 by the government of East Germany to “protect” its citizens from those “evil Western fascists.” It’s name given to it by the East Germans was the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart.” What it really was all about, was a crap government trying to contain its people and restrict their movement. Until its construction in 1961, over 3.5 million people escaped the grips of the East German government and moved to West Germany. During the 28 years that it was there, a further 5000 people risked life and limb to escape East Germany. In 1989 the Wall finally fell on the 9th of October and by 3 October 1990 Germany was finally reunified. The fall of the Berlin wall was a major event, which played its part in the end of the Cold War. To many people it also signaled the end of the industrial age and the start of the information age. A brilliant part of the history of the world and one of my favourite parts of world history and here I have a piece of it. Thank you so very much Kim, this postcard really means a lot to me!

Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

This postcard of Postdamer Platz (Potsdam Square) comes from Anika. The square is located in the German capital city, Berlin. It is located close to Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (Germany’s national legislature.) The history of the square can be traced to 1685, when religious refugees, including Austrian Jews and French Huguenots, like in my home country of South Africa, were given refuge in this particular area. This was done through the Tolerance Edict of Potsdam, which was promulgated by Frederick William, the Elector of Brandenburg-Prussia. Today the square is an important public space, which has seen some pretty rapid development of late. Thank you Anika, now I know where to go when I visit your stunning country!

Spanish Capital

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

This great postcard of the Spanish capital, Madrid, came to me from Juliet. The city is also Spain’s largest city with a population of 3.3 million people. I knew that it was a large city but I was surprised at its sheer size. Madrid is the 3rd largest city in the EU, after London and Berlin and the 3rd largest metropolitan in the EU after London and Paris. It is ranked as the 10th most livable cities in the world and one of Europe’s 12 greenest cities. It is also the major financial centre of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula. I have to say that I am so impressed with this city right now. Thank you Juliet for giving me the opportunity to learn all that through this cool postcard!

Keeper of the Faith

Berliner Dom

Berliner Dom

 

This stunning postcard of the Berlin Dome was sent to me by Roland from Germany. The dome is to be found in the suburb of Cölln and is said to be the largest cathedral in all of Germany. The first building to form part of the dome was built in 1451. Now that is a long time ago! The dome has been home to various denominations of the christian faith, including Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, Calvinism and now Evangelicism. Through all this time this magnificent building has been keeping faith and spirituality alive, no matter the denomination.