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The Memorial To The Murdered Jews Of Europe is an impressive monument which is located near Brandenburg Gate and Tiergarten. In 1999 the Bundestag decided to build such a monument in Berlin. Peter Eisenman convinced the jury with an exceptional design. The memorial consists of a 19,000 square meters big site that is covered by 2,711 concrete slabs that are arranged in a grid pattern. The slabs differ in size, some of them being up to 4.70 meters high. The ground on which they stand is not even but slightly sloping. When entering the memorial, you can still look over the whole field of concrete slabs, the nearer you come to the middle though, the deeper you enter into a gray and secluded world, slabs rising high on both sides. It is quite an experience to walk through.
The memorial was built from 2003 until 2005 and now attracts millions of visitors every year. Even though there are many people there, you will often find yourself totally alone within the many concrete slabs. It is an amazing and thought through monument. If you want to learn more, you can visit the commemorative exhibition which is underground. There are four exhibition rooms that supply detailed information about the persecution and annihilation of Jews in Europe.
Admission is free of charge.