The Friedrichswerder Kirche entrance. Neo-Gothic red Brick church by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel built 1824-1831.Werderscher Markt, Mitte,Berlin
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Dimensions:3806 x 4757 px | 32.2 x 40.3 cm | 12.7 x 15.9 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:November 15, 2020
Location:Werderscher Markt, Mitte,Berlin
The Friedrichswerder Kirche entrance. Neo-Gothic red Brick church by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel built 1824-1831. Werderscher Markt, Mitte,Berlin Now used as state owned art exhibition space. The church was built between 1824 and 1831 and was Berlin’s first Neo-Gothic church. The church, with its groups of pillars rising to a high ceiling with reticulated vaults, followed Gothic principles. Schinkel’s successor Friedrich August Stüler was commissioned to accentuate the Gothic features and he added pinnacles and cast zinc spires to the two towers. The church was used by the Lutheran community for more than a hundred years but was damaged during the Second World War and was unused for four decades. As the 200th anniversary of Schinkel’s birth approached, renovation commenced (1979 to 1986). The church was opened in 1987 to coincide with the 750-year celebrations of the founding of Berlin and the East-German authorities used it as an additional venue for the Old National Gallery. After undergoing renewed restoration from 1997 to 2000, the church housed a permanent display of early 19th-century sculpture. In late 2012, the building was closed indefinitely, owing to structural damage suffered from nearby building activity. The church was closed until 2020 for extensive renovation work but will now again be used as an exhibition space for the Old National Gallery The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in closures or restricted opening times