The church was destroyed during WWII. It must have been an impressive church before really. It now acts as a memorial. A new modern church with wonderful blue glass windows was built next to it and is now used for mass.
This was my first photo in Berlin. I was walking along the Kantstrasse & Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche caught my eyes.
It's one of the most famous landmarks in Berlin. It is/was a neo-Romanesque building & the Allied bombing on 22nd November 1943 only left the husk of the church's west tower standing to this day.
It was never restored just to remind us all what war would cost our national heritage.
Also known as Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church was originally built in 1895.
It was built by Kaiser Wilhelm II as a memorial to his grandfather.
Below the ruined tower, there's a memorial hall (Gedenkhalle) which a sort of small museum about the church, some photos of the bombing (before & after) & a display of mosaics from the church.
Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church is also known as the hollow tooth and is one of the best known landmarks of Berlin.
Opened in 1895, the church was heavily damaged by an air attack in 1943. A new building was built which included the ruins. Quite an imposing sight.
Bombed to hell in World War II, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church stands as a stark reminder of the horrors of war. Perched on the Ku-damm, the main thoroughfare of West Berlin, the church is surrounded by a prosperous, revitalized city. Fifty-five short years after complete annihilation, Berlin is the capital once again.
Or what remains of it...
The first major thing I saw of Berlin was this place. It is amazing. The church was hit during WW II and all that is left of it is what you see in the picture.
The glass from it was used to build the two modern buildings next to it and it was left alone. It is a sobering reminder.
It's one of the best known landmarks of Berlin. On 1895 the neoromance Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (built by F. Schwechten) was opened to remind of the first German Emperor. During the II World War the church was heavily damaged due to an air attack. The discussion on demolition or reconstruction was ended by the decision to construct a new building with inclusion of the ruins. The detached hexagonal bell tower and the octagonal main building (both designed by E. Eiermann) were opened on 1961.
The Gedächtniskirche or Memorial Church on Kurfürstendamm is a monument to peace and reconciliation, and the internationally famous symbol of Berlin's desire to rebuild itself in the aftermath of the war. The Gedächtniskirche consists of an ensemble of church ruins and the modern buildings which surround it, and is consequently characterized by the stark contrast of history and modernity.
The neo-Roman church, which was intended to recall the glory of the first German Kaiser, was built in an ornamental style from 1891–95 to plans by Schwechten. After the church was destroyed in an air raid in 1943, the ruins – a constant, unavoidable reminder of the horrors of war for Berliners – were supposed to be demolished to make way for the planned new building in 1956. After a storm of emotional protests, it was decided to integrate the ruins into the new building.
The modern building was constructed from 1959–61 to plans by Egon Eiermann and consists of three elements. It is constructed of honeycombed concrete components into which glass bricks are set. The church tower, with the christening and matrimonial chapel, is built on a hexagonal foundation. The colored glass bricks bathe the interior of the octagonal nave in an intense blue light, and create an atmosphere of calm. The smallest, rectangular building was planned as a sacristy, but now houses the city mission. The memorial hall in the old tower is a memorial of the horror and destruction of war.
Symbol of the afterwar Berlin, its tower was destoyed in 1943 bombings, and is kept like that in remembrance. Wonderful mosaics inside (Kaiser Henry I, Hohenzollern).
In Xmas there is a very nice outdoor market where you can find Xmas decor, sausages and hot wine.
U-Bahn Zoologischer Garten & Kurfurstenstrasse.
During the latter part of 1943 the church was bombed during a World War II attack by the British. As a result there was only the left tower that remained standing. The church has been rebuilt and has some interesting features such as the blue stained glass and some work by Chagall.
Visit the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche. In Berlin it's also known as: 'Der Hohle Zahn' or 'the empty tooth' in English. Read why:
This church was bombed by the British in late 1943 in a fierce raid that left only the broken west tower standing. Engulfed by the commercialism of west Berlin, this is another of the historical anomalies that pop up all over Berlin. The reconstructed church is dominated by blue stained glass and features some beautiful work by Chagall. Don't be so moved as you emerge into the light that you're bowled over by swooping rollerbladers or lurking bums shaking you down for a fist full of euros.
Right next to this church you'll find the 'Europa-Center' which is just like a little mall made of shops and restaurants. You can find the 'Water-Clock' in there. A structure that reaches over all 3 stories in that building! You'll also find a Theater: 'Die Stachelschweine' if you want to see a show or check out the Irish Pub in the bottom of the mall. Cheers!
Churches... I got really selective on which churches I wanted to see very quickly... there are just too many in Germany to see all of them, but this one was very cool (unfortunately I don't know where it was, other than by a mall with a really cool hydraulic clock). It was pretty much destroyed during World War 2, but part of it still remains, and I found this ceiling to be really stunning.
Another positive aspect about this church... tourists who want to take pictures won't disturb anybody trying to pray.
For me, it's the most impressive spot of Berlin. This is a church which was destroyed by a bomb in World War 2. You can still see the church, but there's nothing inside - everything is destroyed. It should be a memorial against war.