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Fraternal Kiss Restored on Berlin Wall


The famous painting of the fraternal kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and his East German counterpart, Erich Honecker, has been restored on the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall.

The stretch of wall, called the East Side Gallery, is an open-air gallery that extends three quarters of a mile along the Spree River. It is a popular tourist attraction, with paintings made by artists in the euphoric days after the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.

The German government recently paid $3 million to restore the gallery, according to the Associated Press.

"The East Side Gallery survived but was an increasingly sad sight in recent years, with crumbling concrete and peeling paint," the AP reported. "Over the past year, nearly 90 artists from around the world gathered again to repaint their original creations."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is representing the United States in Berlin on Monday for celebrations related to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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