Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


August Orth’s design of Dankeskirche am Zoologischen Garten, Berlin-Charlottenburg (via Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität Berlin Inv. Nr. 14163).


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.

Dankeskirche am Weddingplatz


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.

Franz Schwechten, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (via Architektur Museum TU Berlin).



  1. larrymuffin
    January 4, 2018

    I think that it can be translated as a Thanksgiving Church given that it was built to give thanks.

    • notmsparker
      January 5, 2018

      That sounds perfect. Wish I had thought of our myself😁


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