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

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
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
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
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