Friday, January 1, 2010

Berliner Dom

The Berliner Dom is a baroque cathedral and the largest church in Berlin. It was built between 1894 and 1905. It is located on an island in the Spree river.

The Berlin Cathedral is not a true cathedral since it has never been the seat of a Catholic bishop. The Berliner Dom is a Protestant church.
During the Second World War, the building was hit by a fire bomb which severely damaged much of the Cathedral. To protect what remained of the interior a temporary roof was installed between 1949 and 1953. In 1975 reconstruction began while restoration of the interior began in 1984.

East Germany didn't oppose reconstruction because financial support came from the German Protestant Church and the West German government. During reconstruction, the original design was simplified and reopened in 1993.

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