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St. Hedwig's Cathedral, Berlin

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a lovely building which has storyboards telling the churches story through the years we attended Sunday service the organ sounds amazing and the service in German was lovely. 
  • Had the luck of enter to this church to the end of an act religious of young. The style is current, which is appreciated, the feeling is one of grandeur despite the reduced space of the plant.
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  • St Hedwig’s Cathedral which is the Catholic church built by King Frederick II. The church was built after the reformation and is modelled after the Pantheon in Rome. I guess everyone wanted a Pantheon...  read more »
  • Not as ornate as your typical Catholic church. Go downstairs to see the individual chapels.
  • Excellent external and internal Cathedral.
  • 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. Hedwigs 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. Some 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.
  • A Catedral de Berlim é uma construção das mais bela e imponentes. Suas cúpulas azulada e dourada se destaca e pode ser vista em toda Ilha dos Museus . De construção em um estilo que lembra o barroco essa catedral que fica as margens do Rio Spree é de uma beleza grandiosa por fora e por dentro, sendo um dos monumentos que não deve deixar de ser visto nesta importante cidade da Europa.
  • Interesting architecture of this immense domed church!
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