Berliner Dom

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Berliner Dom Lutheran Cathedral

 

One of the most elegant Lutheran churches in Berlin, perhaps the world, is the Berliner Dom. It is located on Spree Island, nestled among several museums and a park. Originally a Dominican church started in 1465, it became a Lutheran church in 1539. It was heavily damaged in WWII. Although the Sermon church finally re-opened in 1993, the final touches to the dome were not complete until 2002.

I briefly visited the front of the church in 2014 with our Luthertour group. If you have several days in Berlin, the cathedral and museums would be a fantastic way to see some beautiful art and architecture.

Copper Relief showing Great Reformers at Berliner Dom

Copper Relief showing Great Reformers at Berliner Dom

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Schiller Monument at Berlin Konzerthaus

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Schiller Monument

Located in front of the Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmarkt Square in Berlin, Germany is a statue of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller. Schiller was a noted poet, philosopher, playwright and author living in the 18th century. Among his most famous works is the poem “Ode to Joy,” upon which Beethoven based his final movement of his Ninth Symphony. Pictured at Schiller’s feet are four allegorical figures: History, Philosophy, Lyric Poetry and Tragedy.

I saw this during my 2014 trip to Germany with Luthertours. Unfortunately, we did not get to stop and examine the statue or concert house more closely–the architecture is reportedly remarkable and the acoustics among the top 5 in the world. It is definitely a place to visit if you are ever in Berlin.

Konzerthaus Berlin

Konzerthaus Berlin