Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The image above presents the Dankeskirche (The Church of Thanks) designed by Berlin architect August Orth for Kaiser Wilhelm I and planned to be built on the border between the then independent city of Charlottenburg and Berlin.
Like the eventually realised and consecrated #OTD 1884 Dankeskirche in Weddingplatz in Berlin-Wedding – also Orth’s design – it was meant as an expression of relief and gratitude for the Kaiser’s surviving of the two assassination attempts in 1878.
However, only the Wedding Dankeskirche was erected in the end – the Charlottenburg temple for whom the architect and the city councillors chose the increasingly busy junction Ku’damm/Hardenbergstraße/”Straße Nr. 9, Abteilungen V/1 und V des Bebauungsplanes” (since 1887 Kantstraße) failed to be realised.
Its place was soon taken by another famous Berlin church: in 1895 Kaiser Wilhelm II, Wilhelm’s I grandson, attended there consecration ceremony for Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, or Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial-Church, built to commemorate the old emperor.