Berlin - Quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate
The Quadriga of the Brandenburg Gate in the background

Artificial street lighting has existed in Berlin since 1678. The Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm ordered that a lantern with a burning light be hung on every third house in the evening. As this did not work properly, the installation of fixed oil lamp lanterns began.

In 1826, the first gas lanterns illuminated the street Unter den Linden. And although the first electric street lighting was installed at Potsdamer Platz as early as 1882, there were still 44,000 gas lanterns in Berlin in the early 1990s. This is also the case in the street where I live. However, the nostalgic old lanterns were all replaced by modern LED lights around 2020.

Information about taking this photo

  • Focal length: 130mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • ISO: 100
Berlin - View of the Potsdamer Platz district
View of the Potsdamer Platz district
Berlin - Side entrance to the armoury (Zeughaus)
Side entrance to the armoury (Zeughaus)

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