Berlin was not the only city where celebrations were held for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Ceremonies took place in other European centres such as Paris and Warsaw. Place de la Concorde was the venue for a light and sound show in the French capital. And students in the Polish capital erected and painted a small replica of the Berlin wall. One Polish student said: “When the wall fell I was eight months old, so my whole life’s taken place in new times. For me it means that I can celebrate the fact that I live in a free world. Luckily, the Berlin Wall has very little meaning nowadays to someone like me.” The replica here was also toppled in a symbolic gesture. A replica of Checkpoint Charlie was also put up in front of the European Parliament. And an event was organised in Nicosia on the divided island of Cyprus. It remains the world’s only divided capital.