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Kaiser Wilhelm’s Memorial Church

October 14, 2009
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

There are two churches on the site, the old and the new. The old church, which was built in the 1890’s, was severely damaged in an air raid during World War II. It’s such a shame. Looking at the photos and models of it, it really was a beautiful church… all that was left was part of the spire. Instead of removing it, however, the spire was stabilised and within it a memorial to the old church was created. Beautiful mosaics adorn the ceiling and various pieces are on display that have been given to the church or that have somehow survived from the original. This includes a statue of Jesus from the original altar. Before heading out to have a look at the new church I lit a candle and said some words for Toby. I miss him already.

The new church was completed in 1961 and is actually comprised of four buildings constructed around the old church. On one side is the church and foyer and the on the other is the belfry and chapel. Locals have nicknamed the two new (main) buildings ‘the powder box’ and ‘the lipstick’ respectively, due to their appearance. The Berliners are quite found of nicknames it would seem! The most interesting feature of the new church is its back wall which is made up of over 21,000 glass inlays. All-in-all, it’s quite minimalist inside. Not my kind of church… they just don’t make them like they used to… sigh.

Inside the old church, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

church vault

The church vault ceiling - angel mosaic

church vault ceiling - angel mosaic

wedding procession mosaic

wedding procession mosaic

Statue of Jesus from the original altar

statue of Jesus from the original altar

Archangel Michael fighting a dragon

Archangel Michael fighting a dragon

Close up of Archangel Michael mosaic

Close up of Archangel Michael mosaic

The church vault ceiling mosaic

church vault ceiling mosaic

The interior of the new church

The interior of the new church

Candles inside the church

Candles inside the church

The new and the old

The new and the old

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