While we would later explore the iconic 20th century East-German Fernsehturm, as is always the case for me, the beauty of the old church drew me in like a magnet.
So, the Marienkirche is where we began our quest to visit some of Berlin’s oldest churches and cathedrals.
After WWII, many of the buildings in the square stood in ruin and when the rubble was cleared, the Marienkirche stood almost alone at the edge of the large plaza and the buildings were replaced with characterless 1960’s buildings against which the early Gothic hall design stands out.
Construction on the Marienkirche began around 1280 and was completed early in the 14th century. In the 15th century the front tower was added and in 1790, the tower was crowned with a dome designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans. A large amount of restoration work took place in the late 19th century and in the post-WWII period.
The lavish interior is a beautiful place to spend some time and the tall peaceful space is a lavish refuge from the busy streets of Berlin.