The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (in German: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche) is located in Berlin on the Kurfürstendamm in the center of the Breitscheidplatz. The old church was built between 1891 and 1895 according to plans by Franz Schwechten.
Emperor Wilhelm II ordered the construction of the church in honor of his grandfather Wilhelm I. The neo-romanesque style refers to many romanesque churches in the Rhineland.
The original construction was of impressive monumentality and size. Mosaics inside the church recalled the life and work of Emperor Wilhelm I. During World War II, the church was destroyed during a British RAF bombing raid in 1943. The only remainder of the old building is the ruin of the belfry.
After the war, from 1951 to 1961, a new church was built right next to the site of the old one according to the plans of Egon Eiermann. It features a cross made of nails from the old Coventry Cathedral, destroyed by German Luftwaffe bomb attacks in Britain, in what was called the Coventry Blitz. It was consecrated on May 25, 1962, the same day as the new Coventry Cathedral, which like the Gedächtniskirche, was built alongside the ruins of the old building, which were kept as reminders of the horrors of war. Besides the Coventry cross, it houses an iconic cross of the Russian Orthodox Church and a graphic known as the Stalingrad Madonna by Lieutenant Kurt Reuber, created in December 1942 in Stalingrad (now Volgograd), as symbols of reconciliation between the three countries that were once at war.
Scanned from positive slide.
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wolf38 (31296) 2007-05-10 12:34
Hello Harko. A outstanding photo and an adequate title. Also the colors harmonieren marvelously. It is a photo that beyond the day its meaning receives. Very beautifully. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Sekhmet73 (4189) 2007-05-10 15:26
Hi Harko. I was there for Easter and yes! Great place. The tooth, lipstick and powder..... :)
JDDeming (294) 2007-05-10 15:45
Really cool lighting color and I like the building with blue lights to the right.
danyy (0) 2007-05-10 17:58
voilo une photo plaisante, par les lumières nocturnes bien rendues et les couleurs intenses qu'elles mettent en valeur.
C'est pittoresque et bien cadré dans un format vertical adéquat.
Best greetings from Liège.
maltese (22901) 2007-05-11 6:35
Une très belle photo de nuit rappelant un passé douloureux; très bonne gestion de l'expostion et un très bon contraste entre les couleurs de la cathédrale et celles des tours à coté.
très bien vu, amicalement
MayaG (2413) 2007-05-23 17:17
I see this image got not so many points on your page among the others, but I must say this would be my fav actually. I like the unusual atmosphere created here - by the colours and motion blur in the foreground.
bullybeef53 (3363) 2007-06-03 19:04
You have perfect shutter speed and colors . This is indeed memorable .