Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
On September 6, 1750 – exactly 267 years ago – the second Berliner Dom building was consecrated in Berlin´s Lustgarten: the building – ordered by King Friedrich II (Friedrich the Great) as well as co-designed by the monarch together with Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff and the church´s builder, Jan Boumann – replaced the first Domkirche which stood on the other side of the Stadtschloß in Schloßplatz.
Seventy years after its consecration by the Court Chaplain August Sack, the new baroque Berliner Dom was expanded and re-designed by the brightest star on Berlin´s architecture firmament, Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Between 1820 and 1822 he trimmed it down to a much more sober Classicist form.
In the last decade of the nineteenth century the second Berliner Dom was pronounced outdated and too small – it also failed the imperial taste of Wilhelm II – and demolished. In 1894-1905 it was replaced by Julius Raschdorff´s design – the one you can admire in Berlin´s centre today.