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Repainted Berlin Wall section inaugurated

November 7, 2009

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— The Berlin Wall’s longest remaining stretch has been restored to its state of nearly two decades ago after artists repainted the colorful murals they created in the aftermath of the notorious barrier’s opening.

Berlin on Friday inaugurated the restored section of the concrete wall, which is known as the East Side Gallery and snakes along the bank of the Spree river for three quarters of a mile.

A popular tourist attraction, it boasts famous imagines such as a boxy East German Trabant car that appears to burst through the wall; and a fraternal communist kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and his East German counterpart, Erich Honecker.

The painted wall “is a document that allows future generations to picture for themselves ... what the wall meant,” Mayor Klaus Wowereit said at an inauguration ceremony.

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