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German Cathedral on the Gendarmenmarkt

German Cathedral on the Gendarmenmarkt

Located in the historic center of Berlin, the German Cathedral, together with the Concert House and the French Cathedral,

forms the striking architectural ensemble of the Gendarmenmarkt, and is one of the city's most famous sights. Designed in Baroque style, the German Cathedral was built as a church for the German-Reformed and Lutheran congregations in the years 1701-1708. 80 years later, the church was demolished because of dilapidation and rebuilt in neo-Baroque style. On top of it stands the gilded statue of an allegory of virtue, and on the façade are sculptures adorned with scenes from the life of Christ. The term "cathedral" actually refers only to the dome tower, built in 1780-1785, which clearly exceeds the church in size. It never had a function but served only to beautify the city.

In 1943, the German Cathedral was destroyed by fire, later reconstructed. The building came into the possession of the state, and today serves as an exhibition venue for the German Bundestag. On 2 October 1996, the official reopening of the cathedral finally took place. Since 2002, it has housed the exhibition Paths, wrong tracks, detours. The development of parliamentary democracy in Germany, from the March Revolution of 1848 to the present day, is exhibited here interactively and playfully on five floors.

Address: Gendarmenmarkt 2, 10117 Berlin
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, from May to September until 7pm; Open on Mondays only on public holidays
Admission: free
Connection: U Bahn Stadtmitte (U2 + U6), Hausvogteiplatz (U2), Bus: N6 (U Stadtmitte)


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