go to rack and ruin
to reach a very bad state of repair
The building has gone to rack and ruin since the new owners bought it.
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Berlin, Germanys capital and cultural center, dates to the 13th century. Divided during the Cold War, today its known for its art scene, nightlife and modern architecture, such as Mies van der Rohes landmark Neue Nationalgalerie. Reminders of the citys turbulent 20thcentury history include its Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Walls graffitied remains. Its 18thcentury Brandenburg Gate has become an iconic symbol of reunification.