"The new Church - an Octagon with blue Glass Walls" Top 5 Page for this destination Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtniskirche Tip by Kakapo2

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtniskirche, Berlin: 119 reviews and 224 photos

  The massive Christ figure in the new church.
by Kakapo2

The new church ? a simple octagonal room - was inaugurated on 17 December 1961. It is famous for its blue glass walls which were design by Gabriel Loire from the French town of Chartres. The artist used more than 16,000 of 30,000 glass mosaics which were laid into concrete frames. Those again were put into honeycomb-like big frames, and those panels were finally transported to Berlin and mounted into the steel frames of the construction. Loire said he used mostly blue glass because blue is the colour of peace.

And really, those walls give this modern room a very peaceful feeling, and depending on the direction of the sunlight the reflections and lighting are subject to permanent changes.
The centre-piece of the hall is a huge golden-looking figure of Christ after the resurrection, floating above the altar.

It is made of a material called Tombak which is a kind of pewter with high copper content. It was created by the Munich artist Karl Hemmeter, is 4.60 metres tall and weighs about 300 kilos.

The church?s organ has 5000 pipes.

Address: Breitscheidplatz, Berlin-Charlottenburg
Directions: U-Bahn: Zoologischer Garten
othercontact: info@gedaechtniskirche.de
Phone: (030) 218 5023
Website: http://www.gedaechtniskirche.de

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  • Written Dec 12, 2007
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