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"Französische Friedrichstadtkirche - modest Church" Top 5 Page for this destination Gendarmenmarkt Tip by Kakapo2

Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin: 68 reviews and 144 photos

  External staircase to the church.
by Kakapo2

There is no internal access from the French Dome to the adjoining Friedrichstadtkirche which was built from 1701 to 1705. It was designed by Jean Cayart and, after Cayart’s death, by Abraham Quesnay for the Huguenots who had fled their Catholic country, wanting to follow their protestant belief after Calvin’s reformation.

From the outside the church looks more like a small French palace, with its beautiful exterior staircase.

The Huguenots had raised the money to build the church, King Friedrich I provided building materials. The Huguenots did all the work. In 1905 the church was altered in Baroque style, and after the extensive damage in World War II it was reconstructed from 1978 to 1983.

The building is a good example of the simplistic approach of the reformed church. You will not find anything bombastic. The windows are simple, and even the name does not glorify any saint or admired person. The exception is the organ with a golden corona including the Eye of God. (The organ’s carvings had been stored at a separate location during World War II, so you still see the original from 1755.). Reformed churches originally had no instruments.

The addition of the beautiful exterior staircase became necessary in the reconstruction process after World War II when an intermediate ceiling was inserted and the interior became a two-storey building. The lower level is used for functions of the community, the church itself and the organ are on the upper level.

Today the church is used by three communities, of course, including the descendants of the Huguenots who once founded and built the church. They often have organ concerts. If you happen to be there you either have to leave the church or pay an entry fee.

BTW The holes you might spot on the outside surface of the church are no bullet holes from the War but signs of environmental damage.

Mass with organ music Tue – Fri 12.30pm
30 min organ music Tue 3pm
Organ concert: Every first Thursday of the month (8pm)
Musical vespers: Every third Sunday of the month (4pm)

Address: Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Directions: U-Bahn U2, stations Stadtmitte and Hausvogtei-Platz
U6, stations Stadtmitte and Französische Straße
If you walk it is roughly between the boulevard „Unter den Linden“ and Checkpoint Charlie

othercontact: Email: ffk-oeffentlichkeitsarbei
Phone: (030) 2064 9922

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 15, 2008
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