Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin
- Original design by Franz Schwechten
- First inaugurated in 1895
The new Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church incorporates the original design from the late 19th century with Egon Eiermann’s modern project. The church that commemorates Kaiser Wilhelm I had originally 5 towers, from which only the tallest of them remained.
What Eiermann did was to transform the original tower into a place of remembrance against the War and have a new church shaped octagonally, a new hexagonal bell tower, and a square chapel and foyer. Inaugurated in December 1961, Berliners call the church and bell tower a lipstick and a powder can. And they are sort of right.
To know more about the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church’s history, listen to the talk below:
Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas