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Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Berlin

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche - Berlin, Germany
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche
Breitscheidplatz, Berlin, Germany 10789Map
+49 30 218 5023
Neighborhood: Charlottenburg
Overview

Built in the late 19th century in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm I, this once magnificent church was gutted by fire after a British air-raid in November 1943. The only parts left standing were the nave and half a spire. Nowadays, the spireless ruin and the modern chapel next door provide the city with more than just a famous landmark—they are also a poignant symbol of the senselessness of war. The 'Stalingrad Madonna' in the futuristic blue-glass chapel next to the ruin is worth a visit, as is the exhibition documenting the history of the church on Breitscheidplatz. According to rumours, the down-and-outs who tended to congregate around the chapel were moved on because their urine was beginning to corrode the foundations!

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By weathersc | Posted 12/07/10
  I visited the church in 12/73 for an evening organ concert. Before, I walked into the wartime church and thought just 30 years before bombs were raining down from the sky! How history has a way of changing over time....   Read More
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Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
  • Nearest Train: Kurfürstendamm: U9, U15
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