The Imperial German era consisted of the historical German nation state that existed from the unification of Germany in 1871 to the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II in November 1918, when Germany became a federal republic. During this time, a flowering of art and architecture that reinforced the glory of the German Empire took place.
After dismantling the interior (altar, paintings, sarcophagi), and then demolishing the existing Baroque church structure in 1893, Julius and Otto Raschdorff (father and son) built the present church in the exuberant forms you see today.
Damaged during WWII, the Berliner Dom was restored with a few simplifying modifications to its existing structure.
Via this staircase, the royal couple had access to the Baptismal and Matrimonial Chapel and to the Imperial Gallery in the church.
The former director of the Academy of Architecture, Anton von Werner, created the designs for the mosaics, which were then installed by the companies Puhl & Wagner and Odorico.
Seven of the eight mosaics were found to be irreparable at the time of the cathedral’s renovation in 1975, but Werner’s designs had survived WWII, and the Tuscan company Ferrari & Bacci used them to reproduce the dome mosaics and restore the dome to its former glory.
The chapel organ was built in 1946 by the Potsdam company, Alexander Schuke. It was the first instrument produced there after the Second World War
The main altar, which was saved from the previous cathedral, is the work of Friedrich August Stuller, dating from 1820.
Behind the altar stands the Apostle Wall, designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Originally bronze, this choir screen is now completely gilded and separates off the baptismal area.
The Berliner Dom is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough next to the Spree river and is one of the gems of Berlin that should not be missed!