The city of Berlin, 500 years apart: the evolution from a small Branderburgian town to the capital of Prussia and one of the main centers of the Enlightenment

Berlin, 500 years apart

First documented in the 13th century and situated at the crossing of two important historic trade routes, Berlin became the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg (1417–1701), the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) and the Third Reich (1933–1945).  Berlin in the 1920s was the third largest municipality in the world. Currently, Berlin is the second most populous city (3.7 million residents) proper in the EU behind London and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union.

Berlin and Cölln in 1180Berlin and Cölln in 1180

Berlin and Cölln in 1250Berlin and Cölln in 1250

Berlin and Cölln in 1440
Berlin and Cölln in 1440

Berlin and Cölln in 1635
Berlin and Cölln in 1635

Berlin and Cölln in 1680
Berlin and Cölln in 1680

Berlin and Cölln in 1780
Berlin and Cölln in 1780

Source: ag-historische-mitte-berlin.de

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