The Protestant Berlin Cathedral was constructed in the late 1800s and is located on Museum Island in central Berlin. It is one of several Cathedrals to be built on the site and was immediately preceded by a baroque style church, built in 1747
This Church was eventually demolished, on the instructions from Wilhelm II, in order to make way for the present Cathedral. It is a massive structure 114 meters long, 73 meters wide and 116 meters tall. Comparisons have been made with St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The original interior was richly ornamented, with many intricate designs.
During World War II the building was badly damaged and it was not until 1973 that the complicated work of restoration began. The restoration was not a complete replica, with changes made which resulted in a less but still impressive, opulent interior.
The interior of the dome is magnificent and is decorated in fine mosaics. It is possible to climb up to the dome's gallery via 270 steps but your efforts will be rewarded with a closer look at the dome's artwork and by the spectacular panoramic view of the city.
The Berlin Cathedral is home to the Prussian royal's crypt with over 80 sarcophagi placed within. The best examples of these are the tombs of Frederick I and his wife. The golden altar frieze in the Sermon Chapel depicts the 12 apostles and is stunning, as too is the large organ created by Sauer. Many of the windows contain stained glass designed by Anton von Werner.
A permanent exhibition informs the visitor of the history of the building as well as acknowledging the various architects who worked on the project.
It is a fully functional church with regular services which the public can attend. At times, classical concerts are also held but these generally attract a fee.
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