199. The Holocaust Memorial

It is pretty hard to miss the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin – as it should be. It occupies an entire block and is made up of 2,711 concrete blocks of various sizes. The architect who designed it, Peter Eisenman, has specifically refrained from defining what it means, instead directing each visitor to come up with his/her own interpretation.

When we visited, we thought that perhaps it was meant to signify how from the outside, it doesn’t look nearly as vast, and you cannot see how deep it really goes. However, once you walk down in to the concrete blocks, the size of them rises sharply and you are surrounded with some that are up to five metres tall. The true size of the memorial doesn’t really hit you until you are right there in the middle of it, experiencing it.

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