Berlin Cathedral is the most important protestant church of Germany and is located on Museum Island in Berlin Mitte near many of the city’s museums, such as Pergamon Museum. The cathedral’s breath-taking renaissance beauty and baroque architecture attracts visitors from near and far.
The history of Berlin Cathedral dates back to the 15th century. In 1450, Erasmus Chapel was built and was named a cathedral by Pope Paul II. The cathedral has undergone numerous renovations since.
The History of Berlin Cathedral
Around 1750, Friedrich II initiated the construction of a baroque building at Lustgarten, the current location of the cathedral. The old ruins were replaced by an elaborate new building by Friedrich II. At the beginning of the 19th century this was restructured by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, in a neo-classical style.
In the 19th century, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV requested the cathedral to be rebuilt in the style of an Italian Basilica. Due to financial restraints construction was halted in 1848. When the German Reich was founded in 1871, Wilhelm II arranged for another cathedral to take its place. This was built between 1894 and 1905 by architect Julius Raschdorff, in a renaissance and baroque style.
During WW II, Berlin Cathedral was destroyed during bombing and a temporary roof was installed. The entire building was most recently rebuilt in 1993.
Today, the heritage building consists of the central parish church and the cathedral church. Many members of the royal family of Hohenzollern have been laid to rest in the church’s crypt.
The impressive cupola of the cathedral was nominated as a ‘Historical Emblem of German Architecture’ in 2007. From the cupola visitors can enjoy the fantastic view over Berlin and its historical sights.
Accommodation near Berlin Cathedral
When choosing a Berlin Hotel look no further than the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin with its excellent guest facilities and lavish spa. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing massage or facial after a day exploring the cathedral and the rest of Museum Island. The Business Class Rooms of the hotel, as well as the terrace of the restaurant HEat, offers guests a fantastic view of the Berlin Cathedral.