A resident of Mexico shares a piece of tortilla with a Mexican resident of the United States through the U.S.-Mexico border fence. (Guillermo Arias/AP)

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” — Robert Frost

Fifty years ago, soldiers erected a wall in the city of Berlin, cutting the east off from the west. It stood for 28 years. It fell, and a new Europe and Russia rose up. (See a gallery of the Berlin Wall here.)

It may be one of the most famous walls in modern history, but it is far from being the only one. Around the world, walls are built to keep out people, drugs, guns and war. They keep people in, too. They protect and civilize, guard and defend. And they divide people from one another. Here are eight walls still standing today:

Israel and Palestine

(Michael Robinson-Chavez/The Washington Post)

India and Pakistan

Suchetgarh village, near the Indian city of Jammu

(Amit Gupta/Reuters)


West Belfast's peace line

(Peter Morrison/AP)

China and Burma

Yunnan Province on the Burma border

(Keith B. Richburg/The Washington Post)

Zimbabwe and South Africa

Beit Bridge border post


Mexico and the United States

A U.S. border patrol in Nogales, Ariz.

(Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)


Roadside barriers intended to protect people on Baghdad’s Al-Mawal street

(Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post)

Morocco and Spain

The Benzu border

(Andrea Comas/Reuters)