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Raum der Stille (Room of Silence)

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In 1994, a Room of Silence was opened in the northern gatehouse of the Brandenburger Tor. Its opening was inspired by the meditation room in the UN building in New York. The Swedish General Secretary of the UN, Dag Hammarskjöld, (killed in an accident in 1961), set it up for his colleagues and himself. The Room of Silence was prompted by calls from the East Berlin peace movement, and was taken up by people of differing religious and cultural backgrounds. Brandenburger Tor, which for years belonged to the border area and served as the architectural representation of the divided city, is a major tourist attraction and traffic bottleneck. 
The Raum der Stille provides an unexpected contrast, where the noise of the city is filtered and muffled. The space is unfurnished, but for several artworks at the front of the room, a few chairs and a wall-hanging. 
Since its opening, the room has received 70,000 visitors per year. The comments in the visitors’ book reflect how well received this room is. Each person endows it with individual purpose and meaning, yet there seems to be an unspoken agreement that silence and peace are linked to each other. Volunteers work to keep the room open throughout the year.

 

Address: Northern gatehouse of the Brandenburger Tor, www.raum-der-stille-im-brandenburger-tor.de
Hours of opening: Mar-Oct 11.00-18.00, Nov 11.00-17.00, Dec-Jan 11.00-16.00, Feb 11.00-17.00 
Bus, Tube, Tram: U55, S1, S2, S25, Bus 100 S+U Brandenburger Tor, Bus 200 Behrenstr./Wilhelmstr
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