Famous Religious Sights Walking Tour, Berlin (Self Guided)

Berlin has a diversity of historic and modern religious sights. Among the most acclaimed ones are places of worship which are centuries old, like St. Mary’s church, which is one of the oldest in the city, dating back to the 13th century. Take this tour to discover the magnificent religious heritage of Berlin and its landmark places of worship.
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Guide Name: Famous Religious Sights Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Berlin (See other walking tours in Berlin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Author: clare
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St. Marien Kirche

1) St. Marien Kirche

The St. Mary’s Church or Marien Kirche is the second oldest church in Berlin. It is the seat of the Bishop of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg- Silesian Upper Lusatia.

The St. Mary’s Church is a medieval structure dating back to the 13th century and is mentioned in chronicles written in 1292. It was first a Roman Catholic Church and the influences of the Dominicans and Franciscans can be seen in the older granite parts of the building. After the protestant revolution the church served the protestant population of Berlin from 1824. Since then, the church has been expanded and converted into an elaborate brick structure.

The St. Mary’s Church has a tower that dates back to the 15th century. A notable feature is a fresco called the Dance of Death located in the vestibule. It was painted after the Great Plague and depicts all sections of society dancing with death. Death is not portrayed as a destroyer but a messenger of God summoning the suffering to heaven. A statue of Martin Luther stands besides the building and among those buried in the church is Carl Hilderbrand Freherr von Canstein, the founder of the first Bible Society in the world, the Cansteinche Biblelanstalt.
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Berliner Dom

2) Berliner Dom (must see)

The Berlin Cathedral – or Dom – had never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term, since Berlin, let alone this Cathedral, had never been the seat of a Catholic bishop. On 6 September 1750, the new baroque Calvinist Supreme Parish Church was inaugurated, built by Johann Boumann the Elder in 1747-1750. After dismantling the movable interior, Boumann's building was exploded in 1893 and Julius and Otto Raschdorff, father and son, built the present Supreme Parish and Cathedral Church in exuberant forms of high Neo-Renaissance style. With no separation of Protestant church and state of Prussia, William II officiated as the summus episcopus and the state paid the complete construction cost of 11,5 million Marks. At 114 meters long, 73 meters wide and 116 meters tall, it was much larger than any of the previous buildings and was considered a Protestant counterweight to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. On February 27, 1905, the present building was inaugurated.

Why You Should Visit:
The view from the dome is great and worth the steps – little bit narrow at times but there are banisters on all of them.
In between, there is the awe-inspiring interior with a magnificent organ, spectacular acoustics, precious works of art and a sublime atmosphere.

Tip:
Take the audio guide – for a few euros you get a lot of interesting information (alternately, get a printed guide for just a few cents).
Slowly visit all the Cathedral's halls in accordance with the signs and be sure to climb to the roof terrace and go down into the crypt.
In the winter, go around 3pm to get the best of both daylight and dusk; the lights on all of the landmarks and markets are absolutely beautiful.
In the summer, there is a large open lawn with a fountain across the street that would be great for a picnic.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm; Sun: 12-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Hedwig's Cathedral

3) St. Hedwig's Cathedral (must see)

St. Hedwig's Cathedral (German: Sankt-Hedwigs-Kathedrale) is a Roman Catholic cathedral on the Bebelplatz in Berlin, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Berlin. It was built in the 18th century as the first Catholic church in Prussia after the Protestant Reformation by permission of King Frederick II. The intention of Frederick was to offer the numerous Catholic immigrants that had arrived in Berlin, especially those from Upper Silesia, a place of worship. The church was therefore dedicated to the patron of Silesia and Brandenburg, Saint Hedwig of Andechs. The building was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff modeled after the Pantheon in Rome and construction started in 1747, interrupted and delayed several times due to economic reasons. It was not until November 1, 1773, when the king's friend, Ignacy Krasicki, then Bishop of Warmia (later Archbishop of Gniezno), officiated at the cathedral's opening in 1773.

Why You Should Visit:
With a huge dome and oculus, this is an unusually structured (and simple) Catholic cathedral.
The chapels contain some photogenic sculptures and the abstract geometric stained glass is rather nice.

Tip:
If you visit at 3pm on a Wednesday there is a 30 min organ recital. The acoustics are amazing!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 8am-2pm; Thu: 11:30am-5:30pm; Free entry
Sight description based on wikipedia
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French Friedrichstad Church (French Dom)

4) French Friedrichstad Church (French Dom)

Französischer Dom (German for: French Cathedral) is the colloquial naming for the French Church of Friedrichstadt (French: Temple de la Friedrichstadt, German: Französische Friedrichstadtkirche) located in Berlin on the Gendarmenmarkt across from the Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral), formerly a church of German-speaking congregants. Louis Cayart and Abraham Quesnay built the first parts of the actual French Church from 1701 to 1705 for the Huguenot (Calvinist) community. At that time, Huguenots made up about 25% of Berlin's population. The French Church was modeled after the destroyed Huguenot temple in Charenton-Saint-Maurice, France. The church is not a cathedral in the strict sense of the word because it has never been the seat of a bishop. The domed tower, which is a viewing platform open to visitors, provides a panoramic view of Berlin. A restaurant is located in the basement underneath the prayer hall. The tower also contains the Huguenot museum of Berlin.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Matthäus Church

5) St. Matthäus Church

The St. Matthäus Church or St. Mathews Church is a picturesque 19th century church located in the center of Berlin. It is the only historical building that was completely restored after being damaged in World War II.

The St Matthaus Church was built between 1844 and 1846. The red brick structure was designed by architects, Freidrich August Stuler and Herbert Wentzel in Italian Renaissance style. It suffered extensive damage during the Berlin bombings during World War II but was restored in 1957.

The St Matthaus Church is a protestant church and many famous personalities in Germany have formed part of the congregation. It has a well known musical tradition and pianist Franz List not only played here often but gave his last performance before his death in 1886. His portrait finds a place among the many works of art inside the church. Other notable works in the interior are the Head of Christ by Gerhard Marst and a crucifix by Gerhard Schrieter. There are also works by modern religious artists like Sigmund Hahn, Michael Morgner and Vadim Sidur. The story of how God created the world and brought St. Matthaus Church to Berlin is portrayed in the 50 stained glass windows of the church.
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Lutheran Church

6) Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church is a Protestant church in Berlin-Spandau. It was constructed in 1895-1896 to the design of Arnold Eugene Fritsche. The red brick building represents a transition from Romanesque to Gothic styles and features elements of Romanesque and Gothic Revival. The tower is asymmetrically placed in front of an aisle and covered with a short tip. On Sundays, American Church in Berlin holds services in Lutheran Church.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Matthias Church

7) St. Matthias Church

St. Matthias Church was established at the end of the 19th century by Matthias Aulike. One of the focal points of this church is the liturgy that attracts people through service and meditation.

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