Die Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Mr. Wonka on March 11, 2003

Every day on my way to the Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn stop, I would catch a glimpse of the visually stunning Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church). It's not that it's an architectural breakthrough, but the sense of history one feels in its presence is almost overwhelming.

This neo-Gothic Protestant church was built in the early 1890s by Germany's last emperor, Wilhelm II, as a lasting tribute to his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I. Little did he know that about 50 years later, on November 22, 1943, it would be victimized by Allied bombing. After the rubble had been cleared, Berlin officials decided to keep the church in its debilitated state as a forlorn reminder of the destruction of war.

Today, the church is open for visitors to admire the tiled religious murals and the few statues that weren't irreparably damaged by the bombing. A modern building was constructed alongside the church, giving this site the ever-popular "old meets new" dichotomy. It’s one of the most well-known landmarks in Berlin, and is a must-see for anyone interested in exploring the historical roots of this great city.

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