Photographer's Note

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche at Breidscheidplatz, Berlin.
The neoromanic protestant church was inaugurated in 1895 with the double aim of being a religious building as well as place reminding of the late Emperor Wilhelm I. It was set on fire in a British air raid in November 1943, which led to its complete destruction.

A post-war architects' competition was won by a concept of tearing down the complete ruins, which was not accepted by the Berliners. As a compromise, the ruin of the main spire remained upright and since then serves as a memorial against the terror of war, surrounded by four new buildings by Egon Eiermann: an octogon church nave and a rectangular foyer west of it, a hexagonal spire and a rectangular chapel to the east.
Inaugurated in 1961, the ensemble counts as an outstanding piece of postwar architecture in Germany.

It should be remarked that the last terrorist attack at Berlin performed by driving a hijacked truck into the crowds on a Christmas market was done here on December 19th, 2016, leading to the death of 11 innocent visitors plus the driver, while 55 persons were injured seriously.

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