Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
At Jerusalemkirche in Lindenstrasse in Kreuzberg the noble crowds are gathering to listen to a maginificent work of orchestral music: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On The Cross) by Franz Joseph Haydn.
Originally commissioned and composed for the Good Friday service at the cathedral in the Spanish city of Cadiz, it was performed in Berlin in one of the oldest – but sadly no longer existing – churches of the district known as Friedrichstadt (its southern end belongs to the district of Kreuzberg today, whilst the northern one is part of Berlin-Mitte).
The church itself, hit by several bombs and destroyed by the ensuing fire during the worst ever air-raids on February 3rd, 1945, was re-built after the war at a slightly different location south of the original seat (in the fork between Markgrafen- and Lindenstrasse). Having lost its original significance already long before WW2 and with the parish membership dwindling, the place was sold in the end to Romanian-Orthodox Church in 1941.
The original Jerusalemkirche used to stand more less where Axel-Springer-Haus was built many years later: on the corner of Lindenstrasse, Oranienstrasse and Jerusalemstrasse. A sign placed next to the building in today´s Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse shows the floor-plan of the old church and a piece of stone decoration that was once on its façade.
A double line of red stones laid in the pavement mark the original position of the temple.
And for all lovers of classical music out there and for those willing to try it despite having entirely different musical tastes, here is the concert that the Berliners gathered in the church on April 6th, 1802 could listen to. Enjoy it!