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The Protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The Protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church 

Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin
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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to name the church in honor of his grandfather Kaiser Wilhelm I.
The foundation stone was laid on March 22, 1891, which was Wilhelm I's birthday.
The competition for the design was won by Franz Schwechten who planned for a large church to be built in Romanesque Revival style, including 2,740 square metres (29,500 sq ft) of wall mosaic. The spire was 113 metres (371 ft) high and the nave seated over 2,000 people.
The church was consecrated on September 1, 1895. By this time of the consecration the entrance hall in the lower section had not been completed. This was opened and consecrated on February 22, 1906. In the Second World War, on the night of November 23, 1943, the church was irreparably damaged in an air raid. The church was largely destroyed but part of the spire and much of the entrance hall survived. Currently the remains of the church are being renovated with a scheduled completion in late summer 2013.
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