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YOU ARE HERE: BERLINER DOM

The 1750 Boumann´s Berliner Dom in the Lustgarten.

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.

The same building after Schinkel´s refurbishment (photo by Leopold Ahrendts, 1850s-1860s).

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In the last decade of the nineteenth century the second Berliner Dom was pronounced outdated and too small – it also failed the imperial taste of Wilhelm II – and demolished.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.

Demolition of the second Berliner Dom in 1893.

2 comments on “YOU ARE HERE: BERLINER DOM

  1. fotoeins
    September 6, 2017

    It makes sense after the fact, but I hadn’t realized until reading this post that the present-day Berliner Dom is of an early-20th century design!

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