Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
a good nickname: The TV Tower is "the Pope's revenge", the Palace of the Republic "Erich’s Lampenladen" (Erich’s bulb shop) or, more cynically, the Palace of Tears for the terminal building of the former border crossing of Friedrichstrasse.)
While the church was officially built by the Evangelischer Kirchenbauverein, Wilhelm II and Auguste Viktoria took a great interest in the construction and visited numerous times during the process. The church was built according to plans of Franz Schwechten who took inspiration from the Minster of Bonn. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was dedicated on September 1, 1895, the eve of Day of Sedan celebrating the German victory over the French in 1870 that would ultimately lead to the unification of Germany. At the time of the dedication, the entrance hall in the lower section had not yet been completed. It was only opened and consecrated on February 22, 1906. All in all, construction costs amounted to 6.8 million gold mark, raised primarily through donations.
Good to know:The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche is open to visitors from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 7pm. Church services in the newer part of the building are on Sunday at 10am and 6pm. Admission is free.