Are you spending sometime in Berlin, the capital of Germany? If yes, don’t miss visiting the most popular and oldest churches in this city. Berlin is also known for its churches aside from its history and modern lifestyle. If you have been roaming around Europe looking for old churches, you might find Berlin churches interesting.
It is one of the city’s attractions because of its neo-baroque architecture. It was built in 1905 but was destroyed in World War 2. It was later reconstructed and is opened again in 1993 for tourists. Inside the church are the Sermon Chapel, the Christening and Marriage Chapel, and the royal crypt with 100 remains from four centuries. There is also a museum and a dome tour where you can view the city center. Entrance to the church costs 5 euros for adults, 3 euros for students and free for children.
The second must-see Berlin church is the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche, which is the oldest building on the Gendarmenmarkt. It is built between 1701 and 1705 for the Huguenots or the French Protestant refugees who had found asylum in Mark Brandenburg after 1685. Again, the church was destroyed during World War 2 and was reconstructed in 1977. Today, the Huguenot community and even the Evangelical Friedrichstadt community are using the church.
It is a Protestant Church that was built between 1891 and 1895. Franz Schwechten built it for the first Hohenzollern emperor. The church was bombed during the war but visitors can still see the remains of the elaborate decorations. Facing this structure is a new church constructed by Egon Eiermann. It’s interior is known for its atmosphere of peace and meditation especially the intense blue light falling through the concrete windows. The altar also shows the figure of Christ and the Stalingrad Madonna.
It is considered to be the first Catholic church in Berlin. It was built from 1747 to 1773 under Friedrich II. It was reconstructed in 1952 to 1963 on which a concrete dome was added. The interior was also modernized. A visitor who goes to the Lower Church will see a copy of the Pietà by Michelangelo, a Station of the Cross by Josef Hegenbarth and a memorial chapel for the victims of the Third Reich.
Except for the Berliner Dom, you can go inside these churches for free. You can check online what time and day these churches open.