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The Berlin Wall, built in 1961 to surround West Berlin by East Germany, was the most physical, as well as the most poignant, symbol of the Cold War. >99% of its original length of 155km has since been torn down. However, a 1.3km-long section on Mühlenstraße is retained as a memorial. In 1990 artists from the world over were invited to paint on the East Berlin side of the wall, and it is now known as East Side Gallery, while the West side of the wall retains its original face -- that of grafitti. A few of the paintings carry a message reminiscent of the Wall's history,
some others are of a more general theme like "Peace" & "Save the Earth",
but most murals are just free artistic expressions as varied as can be.
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