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St. Hedwig's Cathedral, Berlin

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Originally constructed in 1773 and situated on the city's Bebelplatz, Berlin's St. Hedwig's Cathedral was the first Catholic church built in Prussia after the advent of Protestantism. The building's grand construction features giant columns and a Roman-style facade. The cathedral's vaulted interior is accentuated by wooden sculptures, a sizeable organ, and a variety of religious objects. Although it was heavily damaged during World War II, the church has since been thoroughly restored to its former glory and remains today the seat of the archbishop of Berlin. Plan your St. Hedwig's Cathedral visit and explore what else you can see and do in Berlin using our Berlin itinerary builder.
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  • It is ironic that the Protestant Cathedral in Berlin is characterised by flamboyance and the Catholic Cathedral by complete simplicity. I don’t mean to be frivolous: but the war did some favours to re...  more »
  • In 1770 the great Frederick II of Prussia had built this Catholic Church, the first Protestant land after the reformation of Luther to meet workers (Catholics) of Silesia that were present in the city to build the magnificent capital city. Highly educated and liberal Emperor, saying everyone can save in it's own way. In 1943 the Church suffered an arson that you can imagine for Nazi hand saw which stood near where the super parades of the Regime kept popping up with glitz and external order, and certainly was not in keeping with what is preached out. Inside, inside there was the Provost Bernhard Lichtenberg who prayed publicly for the persecuted Jews, and for his criticism of the euthanasia program that promoted, was removed and convicted by a special court in 1942. After two years of harsh imprisonment, died on 5 November 1943 while being transported to the camp at Dachau. With he vanished also the Cathedral burnt to ashes. In 1945 the Soviets and this area of the city is ruled by communists who leave the Cathedral literally rot. The reconstruction starts very late, the money must come from all parts of Germany with subscriptions. John Paul II going to Berlin brought the beautiful wooden statue of St. Peter which is located in the crypt as a personal gift. The Pope is convinced that St. Peter is obliged to protect the Church of Christ as he was announced. The current situation is not promising there is a wall that divides the city and persecution are commonplace. hopes seem slim ... Aesthetically this Cathedral will not shine with the ori as the Protestant, which is not far, but she's alive. The masses with great participation of the faithful, which before did not know where to go, filling the Church with a circular plan and the liturgy that practice is extremely faithful to the canons. Ah!, Oh!, in the crypt is the grave of the priest who thundered against the Nazi regime which killed him. Today is blessed and soon to be a Saint. "Panta Rhei" would the Greeks: "everything must go", but the beauty and the right remains
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  • Sunday services: 8, 10, 12 and 18h Just by being a (Catholic) cathedral, it would be worth a visit. Unlike most interesting things in Berlin, it's free! Even the daily organ concerts. It's location, a...  more »
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  • Beautiful place! I attended an Easter service here and I loved it! The building was packed! I'd also recommend visiting when there's not a service so you can explore the downstairs area.
  • St. Hedwig's Cathedral (German: Sankt-Hedwigs-Kathedrale) is a Roman Catholic cathedral on the Bebelplatz in Berlin, Germany. It is the seat of the archbishop. Wikipedia
  • The building was modelled on the Pantheon, but the sanctuary takes an “in the round form” which is in fact a modern post-war renovation which seems well adapted to the original building design. More stark, spare, beautiful, and effective 20th century modernism can be seen in the castings and plaques in the lower level chapels. It will seem reminiscent of Scandinavian modernist craft. It needs to be understood that all of this work took place in the time of the DDR when the regime was trying to intimidate church flocks out of existence. I remember vividly that in St. Hedwig's on Sundays, men in ill-fitting leather jackets, the de-rigeur garb of the times’ government thugs and flunkies, with little understanding of the course of the mass, would sit in the last row and photograph people. Knowing this, the people who attended mass defiantly exhibited no fear. One Sunday in 1982, I remember that I got so annoyed by these men that I remained standing while the parishoners were seated, knowing that it would grate on the identity-gathering VoPo or Stasi men sitting right behind me. Today, we can forget about all of that, and can report that one can exercise faith freely. Attending a youth mass there recently, hearing the beautiful music the kids were making, I thought about how wonderful it is that they never had to know what it was once like.
  • Unique design for a Catholic church. Individual chapels downstairs are worth exploring
  • Attended the service at this beautiful cathedral. The chapels downstairs are interesting

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