Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, Berlin

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    Memorial Church / Gedaechtniskirche

    by Mandy23 Updated Aug 8, 2004

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    (c) Land Berlin/Thie

    Favorite thing: The church was built from 1891?95 but destroyed in 1943. Originally the ruins should be replaced by a new building but after protests they stayed and were integrated in the new building and now you have the contrast between history and the new modern building.
    The entrance to the church is free and you can get there by using the subway U15 or U9. If you have enough time, you can also have a walk there from the train station Berlin Zoologischer Garten.



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    Seeing It From As Near...

    by coceng Updated Oct 7, 2003

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    Berlin famous landmark

    Fondest memory: One of my fond memories in Berlin would be seeing the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche from as near as I could get.
    It stands majestically on Breitscheiplatz.

    On the left side of the photo, you can almost see the the 1961 built, a modern octagonal Hall Of Worship with its blue stained glass windows.

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    Kaiser Wilhelm Church

    by CandS Updated Apr 10, 2003

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    Kaiser Wilhelm Church

    Favorite thing: Check out the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtnis Church, built in 1895 and bombed in 1943. This photo doesn't show it real well but the building has been left like it was after being bombed (as a reminder of the war I heard)...

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    Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 28, 2003

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    Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ged��chtniskirche

    Favorite thing: This is a very famous landmark on Ku'damm.

    The original neo-romanesque structure, built in 1895 in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm I, was partially destroyed by the WWII Allied bombing on November 22nd 1943 leaving only the west tower. The burnt out tower was left standing as a reminder of the destroyed city. Inside, there is a small exhibition including some before and after photos. Some of the original ceiling mosaics and elaborate masonry can still be seen, but nothing can disguise the fact that it was constructed in the late 19th century.

    The architect Egon Eiermann from Karlsruhe created his beautiful new church with its 20,000 pre fabricated concrete units in 1961.
    Its octagonal shape and multitude of blue stained glass windows are certainly very striking and it glows at night , albeit a little out of place, but the feeling of calm and solemn created within. To the other side of the old tower, the architectural chaos is topped off by a tall, modern, hexagonal bell tower of which the ground floor is a One World shop.

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    Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church

    by Audrey118 Written Feb 28, 2003

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    Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ged��chtniskirche

    Favorite thing: This is a very famous landmark on Ku'damm.

    The original neo-romanesque structure, built in 1895 in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm I, was partially destroyed by the WWII Allied bombing on November 22nd 1943 leaving only the west tower. The burnt out tower was left standing as a reminder of the destroyed city. Inside, there is a small exhibition including some before and after photos. Some of the original ceiling mosaics and elaborate masonry can still be seen, but nothing can disguise the fact that it was constructed in the late 19th century.

    The architect Egon Eiermann from Karlsruhe created his beautiful new church with its 20,000 pre fabricated concrete units in 1961.
    Its octagonal shape and multitude of blue stained glass windows are certainly very striking and it glows at night , albeit a little out of place, but the feeling of calm and solemn created within. To the other side of the old tower, the architectural chaos is topped off by a tall, modern, hexagonal bell tower of which the ground floor is a One World shop.

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    Kaiser Wilhem's memorial church

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Dec 27, 2002

    Favorite thing: This is the now called Kaiser Wilhem's memorial church, which was almost destroyed during the war and was tore down except for its main tower, which you can see in the picture keeping the traces of its painful history. New modern buildings (for religious purposes, too) have been built around it, and there's nothing inside the church tower anymore, it's only open for visitors to see it.

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    Kaiser-Wilhelm-Cedachtnis-Kirche

    by JUNLI Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The neo-Remanesque Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks. The Allied (actually a British pilot) bombing of 22 November 1943 left only the husk of the church's west tower standing.

    A modern octagonal Hall of Worship with its bluer-than-blue stained-glass windows stands next to it.

    The contrast between these two buildings was quite impressive to me.

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    GO TO MEMORIAL CHURCHHere,...

    by zys1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: GO TO MEMORIAL CHURCH

    Here, around the ruins of the Memorial Church, life buzzes from morning untill night. This is where the legendary Ku'damm begins. Start your adventure tour with line 100, to be found close to the Bahnhof Zoo RAILWAY STATION.

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    "Hohlzann" (Kaiser Wilhelms Gedenkniskirche)

    by jonkb Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The 'Hohlzann'  and the new churchtower

    Favorite thing: See the 'Hohlzann' and the sourounding church. Kaiser Wilhelms Gedenkniskirche

    Fondest memory: This place is a amazing display of collors at night. It's also a beautifull monument of the war -- if such a monument can be beautifull. The old church was bombed to pieces during the allies bombardement of the city. Only the remainding ruins of tower of the church was left standing because the inhabitants wouldn't remove it. Instead the new church was buildt around it.

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    Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

    by Rude_boy22 Written Sep 17, 2002
    Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ged��chtniskirche

    Favorite thing: A large church that was bombed thoroughly. Now just a shell, it was neither torn down nor rebuilt, but left as a testament of the horrendous war.

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    A church devastated by British...

    by flyingkiwi Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A church devastated by British bombers during WWII still stands today on one of Berlins main shopping streets.

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    The Kaiser Wilhelm...

    by janchan Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche built in 1895 and destroyed during an air raid in 1943 is a monument to peace and a memory of the horrors of the war...

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    A Walk down the...

    by Knoto Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A Walk down the Kurfürstendamm!!Quit nice!You can see so many different people,shops.......
    And you can see the 'Gedächtniskirche'

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