There are many reminders throughout Europe of the costs of World War. Monuments, plaques and sculptures remain as sentinels of peace, standing hopeful that we can prevent the levels of hate that rose in the world during the 20th century from ever happening again. We already can see (and have seen for decades) that our efforts toward world peace are sadly ineffective because humans will be humans after all, so the damaged, broken spire of Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtnis-Kirche is a significant reminder of the many things our cultures lose to war.
The original church was designed by Franz Schwechten and was built in the Romanesque Revival style, including 2,740 square meters (29,500 sq ft) of sparkling wall mosaic. The spire was 113 meters (371 ft) high and the nave seated over 2,000 people. Kaiser Wilhelm II named the church in honor of his grandfather Kaiser Wilhelm I and the church was consecrated on September 1, 1895.
At the time of the consecration, the entrance hall in the lower section had not been completed. This was opened and consecrated on February 22, 1906 and this entrance hall and the spire are all that remain of the magnificent church today.
A memorial hall is housed inside the damaged original church spire. You can see intricate biblical mosaics and bas-relief sculptures and view 16 panels that represent the church’s history and its destruction, as well as symbols portraying war and peace.
The Memorial Church today is is nicknamed by Berliners "der Hohle Zahn", meaning "The Hollow Tooth".