Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Berliner Dom, designed by Julius Raschdorff and consecrated #OTD – February 27 – 1905 in the presence of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife, Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria.
The 98-metre high church, which at the same time is the tallest religious building in Berlin, felt like the #BER of its time: it took 11 years to build but even longer to decide HOW to build it. The 1867 architectural contest attended by 51 architects brought no winner.
It wasn’t until 1888 that a special committee finally decided on Julius Raschdorff’s design. It was a re-adjusted version of Raschdorff’s 1885 plans, which – like many others – failed to impress the decision-makers. The altered version came to be known as the “Twenty-Million-Project” (which tells you something about the cost of the enterprise).
This was not, however, the end of re-adjustments: in 1891 before finally giving his imperial consent Kaiser Wilhelm II demanded some further changes to Raschdorff’s design…
And speaking of designs: next to the 1905 photo of the Berliner Dom you will find some alternative ideas for Berlin’s main protestant temple – obviously, none of them was realised.