Episode 95: The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

roberta caldas Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Location:

Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin

Facts:

  • 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

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