Berlin Cathedral: The dome of the German capital

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Berlin Cathedral: The dome of the German capital
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    During the Second World War the building was severely damaged by bombing and only in 1973 the reconstruction and restoration works began to restore the cathedral to its former glory.

    photo on Loic Lagarde via flickr

    What to see in the Berlin Cathedral

    Inside the Cathedral it is possible to admire the Predigtkirche (Chapel of the Preaching) which houses an altar with the bas-reliefs of the twelve apostles and the Hohenzollerngruft (crypt of the Hohenzollerns) which houses about one hundred tombs of members of the family including Frederick II, his second wife Sofia Carlotta and some princes who died at an early age. The oldest tomb is that of the Elector Johann Cicero which dates back to 1530.

    One of the most interesting elements of the church is theSauer organ, a monumental instrument a 7.000 cane.

    photo by Marcus Mehnert via flickr

    Its splendid timbre and its symphonies are much loved not only in liturgical celebrations but also during the reviews of Holy music and choral organized periodically, involving an increasingly large audience.

    Among the other elements to admire inside the church there are the high altar in white marble, the baptismal font, the imperial staircase and the splendid stained glass windows whose colors with the sunlight are reflected on the floor of the nave creating a suggestive effect. . The Berlin Cathedral it is also full of statues of prominent German Protestants. Remember that at your entrance you can decide to take aaudio guide available in multiple languages, thanks to which it will be easy to discover all the secrets about the art and history of this church.

    photo by Steve Silverman via flickr The splendid turquoise dome

    The splendid dome with its central window is perhaps the first element that will catch your attention. It is decorated with gilded stuccoes and mosaics and represents a true engineering and artistic masterpiece. If you feel fit, you can reach its top by climbing about 270 steps. The panorama that can be admired from the top at 114 meters high will leave you breathless! It is one of the most beautiful views over the center of Berlin.

    What to see in the surroundings

    Il Berlin Cathedral it is located on Museumsinsel, within walking distance of five world-famous museums: Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Pergamonmuseum and Bode Museum. In five minutes you can reach Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower. A short distance away you will find the Staatsratsgebäude (building of the State Council) and the Marx-Engels Forum, a characteristic green space with the bronze statues of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

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    Hours and days of opening

    The Berlin Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday from 9 to 19. Sundays and public holidays from 12 to 19.


    Full ticket: 7 €
    Reduced ticket: € 4

  • Where it is

    Where it is

    Address: Lustgarten 10178 Berlin (Mitte district)

    How to get to the Berlin Cathedral

    Metropolitan: linea S-Bahn: S5, S7, S75, S9 fermata Hackescher Markt e linea U-Bahn U2, U5, U8 fermata Alexanderplatz
    Bus: 100, 200 fermata Lustgarten
    Tram: M4, M5, M6 fermata Spandauer Straße

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