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Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtniskirche, Berlin: 119 reviews and 224 photos

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This Memorial Hall is an incredibly spectacular place. It is located in the main portal of the old church and thus in the tower ruin, and has been opened in 1987. It left me speechless for a moment when I entered as I just did not expect such Russian orthodox splendour, gold everywhere, icons, an arched golden ceiling over and over painted with icons, reliefs and sandstone and marble mosaics, and a brilliant tiled marble floor.

As you can expect this hall is an anti-war memorial, and it holds some precious exhibits which put stress on the virtue of reconciliation. First of all the Nail Cross of the Cathedral of Coventry (see extra tip), then an Icon Cross of the Russian Orthodox Church. Both have been given to Gedächtniskirche by the Christians of both countries. Finally the hall holds the damaged figure of Christ from the altar of the demolished church.

Every Friday at 1pm they pray the reconciliation prayer of the Cathedral of Coventry in the Memorial Hall, instead of the noon prayer in the church.

Whereas the church opens at 9am, the Memorial Hall is only open from 11am.

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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