Berliner Dom - Berlin Cathedral, Berlin

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Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, Berlin-Mitte 202 69 -0

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    Berlin Cathedral

    by mindcrime Written Aug 16, 2010

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    Berlin Cathedral

    The cathedral of Berlin was built between 1895-1905 in neorenaissance style on a spot where a church from 15th century was before.

    It looks impressive due to its size, it must be the largest church in Berlin as it is 116m tall. This protestant cathedral (that supposed to be the answer to the catholic cathedral of St.Peter in Rome) was seriously damaged during the WWII bombing, so it was reconstructed at the end of 20th century although from what I saw they still try to restore parts of it.

    The interior is interesting too with works from fartists like Guido Reni, Fiedrich August Stuller and Daniel Raugh but what I liked most was the organ. The crypt is also interesting (in a creepy way) with the 80 sarcophagus of Prussian royal family..

    The view from the top supposed to be nice but we never gone up there because we were on a hurry for the airport. Next time...

    The cathedral is open daily 09.00-20.00 (Sundays from 12.00)

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    La Catedral / The Cathedral

    by elpariente Written Mar 7, 2010

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    Entre 1895 y 1905 se construyó la catedral luterana de Berlín o Berliner Dom, en un estilo renacentista italiano , pero fue gravemente dañada en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y no se terminó de restaurar hasta el final del siglo XX
    Se utiliza como lugar de culto , museo y sala de conciertos

    Between 1895 and 1905 they built the Lutheran cathedral Berliner Dom or Berlin, in an Italian Renaissance style, but it was heavily damaged in World War II and it was not completely restored until the end of the twentieth century
    It is used as a place of worship, museum and concert hall

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    Berliner Dom

    by illumina Written Nov 18, 2009

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    Although there has been a church on this site since approximately 1451, when it was a chapel as part of Berlin Castle, the current building was erected between 1893 and 1905, designed in the Neo-Renaissance style. It was severely damaged during the Second World War, and was reconstructed between 1975 and 1993.

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    Berliner Dom

    by lina112 Written Jul 24, 2009

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    Built in Italian Renaissance style quite pompous, it served as a place of worship and burial of the Hohenzollern dynasty. Destroyed during the Second World War, the cathedral remained closed until 1993 and the reconstruction work is still continuing.
    The interior is decorated with works of top artists Prussians. Emphasizes the font of Christian Daniel Raugh, the mosaic of Guido Reni and the high altar of Fiedrich August Stüller.

    Construida en estilo renacentista italiano bastante pomposo, ejerció como lugar de culto y enterramiento de la dinastia Hohenzollern. Destruida durante la segunda guerra mundial, la catedral permaneció cerrada hasta 1993 y las labores de reconstruccion aun prosiguen.
    El interior está decorado con algunas obras de los mejores artistas prusianos. Destaca la pila bautismal de Christian Daniel Raugh, el mosaico de Guido Reni y el altar mayor de Fiedrich August Stüller.

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    Impressive Cathedral, Great Rooftop Views

    by iblatt Written Nov 1, 2008

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    In the heart of the Mitte district, next to the lawns of Lustgarten, actually on Museuminsel, is the Berliner Dom, the protestant cathedral.
    This cathedral has known several re-incarnations: first built as the church for the Hohenzolern family in the 15th century, then rebuilt in Baroque style in the 18th century, later replaced by a neoclassical structure.
    Then Kaiser Wilhelm II had it demolished in 1894 and rebuilt in a grand and ambitious style, to be the Protestant answer to the Catholic St. Peter's in Rome. The building was finished in 1905. It was severely damaged during the 2nd World War, in 1944. Restoration was carried out between 1984-1993.

    Today you can visit the church, admire the magnificent organ and the altar, but do not miss the climb to the roof, for magnificent views of the river Spree, Museuminsel, Alexanderplatz and many other well known Berlin sites. Approximately halfway during your climb you will reach an exhibition dedicated to the cathedral building and its restoration.

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    Berliner Dom

    by darkjedi Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    Berlin Cathedral is a Lutheran cathedral and is located on Museum Island in the Mitte district. It was built between 1895 and 1905. At 114 metres long, 73 metres wide and 116 metres tall, it was much larger than any of the previous buildings and was considered a Protestant counterweight to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

    The dome is intricately decorated with mosaics. Visitors can climb to the dome's outer balcony which is not easy as the steps are very high and corridors narrow. Just be gratefull that the way down uses a different staircase. The best view of this 19th-century cathedral is from the Dome Gallery reached after climbing 270 steps. From here, you get a good glimpse of the Dom's ceiling and the rest of its much-restored interior.

    The most historically significant feature of the Berliner Dom is the crypt, with more than 80 sarcophagi of Prussian royals. Other sights of interest include Sauer's Organ, the Neo-Baroque pulpit and the stained glass designed by Anton von Werner. The main altar, which was saved from the previous cathedral, dates from 1850.

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    Crypt & Gallery

    by darkjedi Written Jun 6, 2008

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    The most historically significant feature of the Berliner Dom is the crypt, with more than 80 sarcophagi of Prussian royals. The Hohenzollern dynasty worshipped here until Wilhelm II ( the last German emperor) abdicated in 1918

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    Dome Views

    by darkjedi Written Jun 5, 2008

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    One of the best places for a view of the city is the top of the cathedral dome. Climbing up a couple of floors from the main entrance hall there is a small museum with models and reconstructions of the cathdral. Going up again a couple more floors takes you to a long corridor that surrounds the building where their are entrances to the 'box' seats that overlook the alter area. At the end of this corridor are the narrow steps upward to the dome. You will probably already be out of breath by now but keep going, there are maybe 100 or so steps upward until you emerge onto the dome ridge but the views over the river and city are worth it. Luckily the way down is via a different staircase, just as well because they are very narrow. Just don't leave anything at the top and realise it when you get down to the ground.

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    A must-see at night

    by maestrousmc Written Apr 24, 2008

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    This architectural masterwork, with it's perfectly-lit nooks and crannies, stands sturdily against the Berlin skyline. Bold dark green and grey reflected the light as it majestically housed years of history and religious tug-of-war. An active house of worship, organ auditions were being held during my visit heightening the awe-inspiring experience.

    Some interesting items in the richly decorated interior of the church are the magnificent Sauer's Organ, the 1530 Elector's tomb, the neo-baroque pulpit and the stained glasses designed by Anton von Werner. The main altar, which was saved from the previous cathedral dates from 1850.

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    Vintage Building

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 12, 2008
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    I dont know the building materials, but its green! The Museum Island is nearby, which i regret not seeing. its houses impressive collections from the babylonian times. my fav! At the steps, there is a fantastic statue of a warrior mounted on a horse. Berlin ancient statues, prussian influenced, really achieve the valiant and courageous portrait. In the place, there is also a central water fountain where tour gather.

    TIP: Try to inform yourself about free Hostel Tours! Get a good hostel. because berlin is a great party hotspot! especially in the eastern parts, in the olden days especially i heard

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    Berliner Dom

    by heitzenrater Written Dec 6, 2007

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    The Berliner Dom is a baroque Cathedral built between 1894 and 1905. It is located on an island in the river Spree, also known as the Museum Island.
    The first cathedral
    The first church built on the site of the current Cathedral was a 1465 church. The building, which later served as the court church for the Hohenzollern family was replaced by a cathedral, built between 1745 and 1747 in a Baroque design from Johann Boumann. It was reconstructed into a classicist building from 1816 to 1822 following a design by the Berlin architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

    Construction
    On Emperor Willem II's order, this domed building was demolished in 1894 and replaced by the current Cathedral. Much larger than any of the previous buildings, it was a Protestant counterweight to the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The baroque building with Italian Renaissance influences was designed by Julius Raschdorff.
    Construction of the 114m long and 73m wide Cathedral took place between 1894 and 1905.

    War damage
    During the Second World War, the building was hit by a fire bomb which severely damaged much of the Cathedral. A temporary roof was installed to protect what remained of the interior and in 1975 reconstruction of the church started.
    The restoration of the interior begun in 1984 and in 1993 the church reopened. During reconstruction, the original design was modified into a more simplified form.

    Interior
    The Dom can be visited daily. Some interesting items in the richly decorated interior of the church are the magnificent Sauer's Organ, the 1530 Elector's tomb, the neo-baroque pulpit and the stained glasses designed by Anton von Werner. The main altar, which was saved from the previous cathedral dates from 1850

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    The City's most lavish Church

    by Kakapo2 Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    Spectacular location on the banks of the Spree.

    Apart from the fact that Berlin’s Dome on Museumsinsel is an absolutely stunning reconstruction and probably the city’s most lavish church, this place is also unique for the fact that you have to pay an entry fee (5 Euro in 2007).

    The location is spectacular, the massive cathedral sitting right on the bank of the Spree river with lots of sightseeing boats drifting past.

    Located next to the palace, Berlin Cathedral was the church of the Hohenzollern dynasty. Its history dates back to 1465 when it was just a parish church. In 1747 Friedrich the Great ordered a new Baroque construction with a dome. It was altered 70 years later by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, transforming the interior and exterior in the neo-classical style. In 1894 Emperor Wilhelm II agreed to demolish the church and erect a new one designed by Julius Carl Raschdorff. It was built from 1894 to 1905. In World War II it was badly damaged by a liquid fire bomb. The sermon church that holds the Hohenzollern crypt ended up as a ruin.

    Only 30 years later reconstruction started. In 1983 the exterior was finished, and in the mid 1990s mass took place again. The interior works lasted until 2002 when the last of eight fabulous dome mosaics in smaller niches was reveiled.

    Things remaining from the church built in 1747 are the baptismal font, an altar with an Apostles wall and two candelabra. The Hohenzollern sarcophagi are laid out in the Imperial family crypt. About 90 sarcophagi of Prussian monarchs and royals are held there.

    Other features of interest are the Imperial Hallway, the Cathedral Museum and the Sermon Church with the impressive dome.

    Talking of several churches within the cathedral: Already the original design of the Italian Renaissance with Baroque influence had this division into three churches. It included the Sermon Church, Baptism and Wedding Church, and a Memorial Church (which does not exist anymore). The dome was supported by four corner towers and was 114 metres high.

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    The Dom

    by leffe3 Written Sep 15, 2007
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    For a city the size of Berlin and its history, the Cathedral, whilst impressive, is less grand than expected. It was not actually built until the beginning of the 20th century and even then only as a private grand royal church for the Hohenzollerns. A major dome surrounded by four lesser ones, it was intended to reflect the grandeur of St Peter's in Rome. It doesn't!

    But it's a pleasant enough place, found on the north side of Karl-Liebknecht Strasse in the former East Berlin. It was badly damaged in WWII (although not destroyed, in spite of its size and dominance of its surrounds) and went through a long period of rennovation (but not needing to be totally rebuilt). In many ways, it feels like a family church - the interior as much reflects the power and might of the Hohenzollerns as anything approaching 'godly'!

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    Berliner Dom

    by smirnofforiginal Written Aug 23, 2007

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    Looking over Museum Island is Berliner Dom, a Protestant cathedral built as a church and mausoleum for the Hohenzollern fammily. It was built 1747 to 1750, remodelled from 1816 to 1821, again from 1894 to 1905, damaged in WWII and then restored.

    Berliner Dom is open from 9am - 8pm Mondays to Saturdays and from midday to 8pm on Sunday, although times may vary slightly depending on the time of year.

    It'll set you back around 5,00EUR and there are free organ recitals every day at 3pm.

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    Deutscher Dom

    by smirnofforiginal Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    Sitting proudly at one end of Gendarmenmarkt is Deutscher Dom. It is an old German Protestant-Reformed church, built in 1708. It was burned down in 1945 and rebuilt (painstakingly) in 1993.

    It is free to go in and there is an exhibit on German parliament which I am sure is fine and dandy if you can read German fluently. If, like me, you cannot, it's worth going in to have a look up the stair well - it goes on forever - and as I say.. it's not goin to cost you anything.

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