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Berlin’s newest tourist landmark is also its most controversial

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It’s been a disputed and changing site in Berlin for almost three decades. Today a buzzing tourist centre, Berlin’s island of museums known as Museumsinsel came from a marshy meadow where Dominicans once built a monastery before royalty later had a stately Baroque palace erected there. After World War II, the East German authorities blew up the royal ruins to make way for their parliament. After the fall of the wall, the reunified Germany disposed of the asbestos-contaminated Palace of the Republic, an ugly landmark that stood out in an otherwise beautiful island. Now, on that historic and eve…

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