Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche - Night Shot

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skytreker on December 5, 2009

What is this ugly thing next to the church spire?

Strucki on December 5, 2009

Hi skytreker,

The 'ugly thing' is the bell tower. The church was bombed in the 2nd world war. The Allied didn't want the church to be restaurated, because the building reflected the Wilhelmine German national pride. In 1956 the dilapidated choir had to be demolished. In March 1957 Egon Eiermann won the architectural competition for the new church. His model was, in favor of a modern building, the complete demolition of the ruins. These plans have caused unusually impassioned public debate. It ended with a compromise, which was reluctantly accepted by both the architect and by the citizens. The 68-meter-high main tower of the ancient ruins remained constructional secured, preserved as a memorial to the war, surrounded by a four-part ensemble of buildings based on designs Eiermann. A octogonal nave and a rectangular foyer on the west tower of the old stump, and a hexagonal tower and a rectangular chapel, also east of it. On 9 May 1959 was laid for the new building. On 17 December 1961 the completed church was consecrated by Bishop Otto Dibelius. One characteristic of the new buildings are the screened walls, which consist of a total of more than 20,000 unique stained glass windows. The French glass artist Gabriel Loire, the glass walls and glass windows for about 400 churches in France alone and many more designed around the world, she had prepared in his workshop in Chartres. Particularly strong, colored glass was broken into irregular, small parts, arranged in square shapes and inserted into concrete railing. On the fracture surfaces of the glass pieces of the incident light is also broken, similar to the effect of polished gems. In Berlin they hung up the grid elements then in the steel construction of the facades. At night, the buildings seem colored illuminated during the day, the interior bathed in the predominantly blue-tinted light. The double-walled construction of the centrally planned keeps the noise of the nearby, bustling streets. The entire ensemble of the Memorial Church is a listed monument and is now regarded as an important building in the post-war and as one of the landmarks of Berlin. In many cases, the building is visited by tourists.

Best wishes from Germany,


Strucki on December 5, 2009

Or do you mean the lamb? ;)

skytreker on May 15, 2010

A bell tower... good to know. It just looked like something out of place at first glance. Like some modern skyscraper or a bank obstructing the view of the beautiful church.

Thanks for the explanation

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