Photographer's Note

Having climbed the 270 steps to the viewing gallery around the dome of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Kathedral) I was rewarded with the most fabulous view over the city. A cloudless sky and the brisk air provided an almost unlimited visibility.

The cathedral was completed in 1905 and was heavily damaged during the Second World War. It remained closed during the DDR period and reopened after renovation in 1993. Cycles of restoration have continued until 2006 when the work was finished.

And it's an amazing work that has been done, bringing the cathedral back to the former glory - both inside and outside. However the East German regime wasn't that keen on the restoration of churches; instead they wanted to erect their own monuments.

Especially the TV-tower (Fernsehturm) in the background - which was erected in 1965-69, during the Ulbricht era - would stand as a 368 m (1'207 ft) high symbol of the progress in DDR. Well visible from all over Berlin and not least from West-Berlin.

However when the sun shines on "the ball" (like this day) the reflection "comes out" as a cross, devaluating the impact on the people - both in east and west. It was promptly nicknamed "Ulbrichtkreuz" ("Ulbricht's cross") and the tower "Ulbrichtkatedrale" ("Ulbricht's cathedral").

Today an equilibrium is reached between these two symbols...

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 845] (2442)
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