Famous Churches – Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche(Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church), Breitscheidplatz, Western Berlin


Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche(Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church), Breitscheidplatz, Western Berlin

The partially ruined Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Emperor William Memorial Church) along with its modern additions is located on Breitscheidplatzin the centre of western Berlin. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was originally constructed between 1891 and 1895 by architect Franz Schwechten. It serves as a memorial to Wilhelm II‘s father, Wilhelm I. The church was partially destroyed during a bombing raid in 1943. It was decided to leave the ruined tower as a memorial to the senselessness of war and construct a new church around it. The new buildings consist of four structures designed by architect Egon Eiermann, most prominent are the hexagonal tower and worship room. The new church was consecrated on May 25, 1962. The church is a reinforced concrete structure with blue-colored glass bricks. A freestanding hexagonal bell towerwas constructed on the site of the former main nave of the destroyed church.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin 2007
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inside the remaining west tower of the destroyed church is a Gedenkhalle or Memorial Hall. It documents the history of the church and contains several of the original objects in the church as well as photos from before and after the bombing.

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