Out Of The Archives:
Mosaics in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche

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Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (kirche is the German word for church) was built by Kaiser Wilhelm II in honor of his father, Kaiser Wilhelm I, and designed by Franz Schwechten in the Neo-Romanesque style. The building was consecrated in 1895, as was the entrance hall when it was finished in 1906. On the night of November 23, 1943, the church was damaged beyond repair during an air raid. The only part of the church to survive the bombing was the spire and part of the entrance hall, which today has been turned into a memorial and the broken spire serves as one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks.

The Memorial Hall documents the history of the church. Some of the original mosaics are still intact. The one pictured above depicts the Hohenzollerns family. Leading the family is Queen Luise. Kaiser Wilhelm I is in the center.

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche
Breitscheidplatz, Charlottenburg
10789 Berlin
Hours: Open daily 9am – 7pm

Out Of The Archives:
The “New” Addition Of The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche

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The new church of Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche was designed by Egon Eiermann and incorporates the remaining ruins of the original Protestant structure that was bombed during The Second World War, during an air raid in 1943. The “new” church isn’t exactly new, it’s just newer than the original church which was built in the 1890s.

The foundation stone for the new church was laid on May 9, 1959 and the church was consecrated on December 17, 1961. Even if you are not a Christian or have no interest in churches, this one is a beautiful one to sit in. The overwhelming blue of the light coming through windows is quite peaceful.

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche
Breitscheidplatz, Charlottenburg
10789 Berlin
Hours: Open daily 9am – 7pm