13 iconic photos of the Berlin Wall coming down 27 years ago

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The Berlin Wall fell 27 years ago Wednesday.

The imposing wall that divided East and West Germany was constructed in August 1961, and began to fall November 9, 1989. The wall, also known as the DDR, was constructed to separate

The wall was constructed by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) to keep the western "fascists" out and to keep East Germans from emigrating to the West. The 12 feet tall and 4 feet thick wall had guard towers lining it and contributed to an estimated 139 deaths of people who attempted to cross.

Many have drawn comparisons of the Berlin Wall and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on America's boarder with Mexico.

13 iconic photos of the Berlin Wall

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East German citizens climb the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate after the opening of the border was announced early November 9, 1989. REUTERS/Herbert Knosowski BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
FILE PHOTO 9NOV89 - West German citizens sit on the top of the Berlin wall near the Allied checkpoint Charlie after the opening of the East German border was announced in this November 9, 1989 file photo. The 10th anniversary off the "fall" of the Berlin wall is coming up on November 9, 1999. FAB
Thousands of people rushed to the Berlin Wall in the first few days after the opening of the Wall on November 9th, 1989. (Photo by robert wallis/Corbis via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO 10NOV89 - East German citizens climb the Berlin wall at the Brandenburg Gate as they celebrate the opening of the East German border in this November 10, 1989 file photo. The 10th anniversary off the "fall" of the Berlin wall is coming up on November 9, 1999. FAB
East German border policemen, right, refuse to shake hands with a Berliner who stretches out his hand over the border fence at the eastern site nearby Checkpoint Charlie border crossing point, Friday morning, November 10, 1989, after the borders were opened according to the announcement by the East German government. (AP Photo/Lutz Schmidt)
FILE PHOTO 10NOV89 - West Berlin citizens continue their vigil atop the Berlin Wall in front of the Brandeburg Gate in this November 10, 1989 file photo. The 10th anniversary off the "fall" of the Berlin wall is coming up on November 10, 1999. JP/HB
East Berliners get helping hands from West Berliners as they climb the Berlin Wall which has divided the city since the end of World War II, near the Brandenburger Tor (Branderburg Gate), early Friday morning, November 10, 1989. The citizens facing the West celebrate the opening of the order that was announced by the East German Communist government hours before. (AP Photo/Jockel Finck)
An unidentified Berliner tries in vain to demolish a segment of the Berlin Wall with a sledgehammer, November 11, 1989, at Bernauer Strasse, where East German police pulled down segments of the wall for a new passage. (AP Photo/Thomas Kianzla)
A demonstrator pounds away the Berlin Wall as East Berlin border guards look on from above the Brandenburg Gate in this November 11, 1989 file photo. In Berlin in 1987, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall," but later developed a warm relationship with the reformer. REUTERS/David Brauchli JDP
FILE PHOTO 19NOV89 - A young West German girl hammers the Berlin Wall in this November 19, 1989 file photo. The 10th anniversary of the "fall" of the Berlin wall is coming up on November 9, 1999. FAB
A slab of the Berlin Wall is lifted by an East German crane at Potsdamer Platz as they make way for an other border crossing November 12, 1989. Potsdamer Platz was the center of Berlin before World WarII. WR
East German border guards look through a hole in the Berlin wall after demonstrators pulled down one segment of the wall at Brandenburg gate Saturday, November 11, 1989. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
ADVANCE FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014, AT 12:01 A.M. FILE - In this Nov. 10, 1989, file photo, two men from West and East Germany meet again and embrace each other after the arrival of a special train from Magdeburg at Helmstedt railway station. The Berlin Wall came down Nov. 9, 1989, heralding not just the reunification of East and West Berlin, and East and West Germany, but the eventual fall of the USSR and the Iron Curtain. (AP Photo/Claus Eckert, File)
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