Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche
The Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche is the symbol of the destruction of World War Two. Berlin was severely hit by bombs during the Second World War, leaving the city in ruins. The people of Berlin quickly started rebuilding their city, but the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche remained nearly the way it was when it was hit by a bomb on November 23, 1943. If you see how it is damaged, it becomes quite clear how devastating war is.
Rebuilding Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche
In 1957 architect Egon Eiermann won a competition to rebuild the damaged the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche.
He had plans to destroy the entire church, but angry Berliners stopped that from happening. Instead, he renovated the old ruin so it wouldn’t collapse and created a new church with modern architecture.
The Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche is one of the most wellknown churches of Berlin. But if all the people of Berlin were happy with the way the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche was renovated?
They nicknamed the old ruin of the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche Hohler Zahn, meaning: hollow molar. And the new architecture Egon Eiermann created: Lippenstift mit Puderdose, in English: Lipstick with Powder Box. Still, regardless of the charming nicknames, the church is one of the most visited places of West Berlin.
More Berlin Churches:
There is no better place to sing hallelujah than at the Berliner Dom. This large church close to Unter den Linden is Berlin’s most prominent church. If you think Germans are modest people that are greatly influenced by the protestant belief, think again. This church has many colorful details. Berliner Dom used to be a catholic church. Until reformist Martin Luther came along.
The Versohnungskirche in Berlin district Prenzlauer Berg was directly in the kill zone of the Berlin Wall. No matter how religious the inhabitants of the nearby Bernauer Strasse were, they could no longer pray for the Berlin Wall to go away in their district church. The church became useless and the communist government decided to blow up the Versohnungskirche.
No matter how anti-religion the GDR government was, the Zionskirche community stayed strong. Believers and non-believers came together at this Prenzlauer Berg church. Not to say prayers, but to organize peaceful demonstrations against the GDR government. What started small in this church, spread quickly, ending up in the mass demonstrations in the hot autumn of 1989.
The Nicolaikirche is one of the oldest churches of Berlin. When you stand in front of the Nicolaikirche, you can easily spot this yourself. The church has different stones with different colors, like the builders couldn’t make up their mind or argued what stones they should use. The result is fascinating, with the two sharp towers that pinch the Berlin sky.
Berlin Alexanderplatz has a lot to offer for people interested in churches. The nearby Marien kirche is a place to be if you are into old places of god. The church, built in 1292 has a very interesting and weird fresco. Disintegrated bodies that look like E.T dance with men in colorful robes on the walls of this Berlin church. The skulls on the old graves chew on their own bones.