Many times I passed by this building which fascinated me at first sight. Generally I am not that interested in churches but this one is not a common church: no spire, no nave and no bell.
The story of St. Elisabeth-Kirche, built in 1835, is a long one. The famous Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel designed the church which is a special example of neo-classical architecture.
Until 1945 it played an important role in church and urban history. But then it was destroyed in World War II except the perimeter walls. So the church was a ruin for more than 40 years. Only 1991 it was possible to protect the building by specialists. Until today they were able to rebuild the structure with the help of Berlin’s government and different organizations. But they still need financial support for finishing the interior.
The church is used for cultural events, especially concerts and exhibitions. But there are still construction works going on inside so the church is not yet open for public regularly. Sometimes the door just stands open so try your luck to catch a glimpse inside. (There is also a rotating view online.) If it is closed you can enjoy sitting on a bench in the small garden in front of the building.
The former German Federal President Horst Koehler paid tribute to this place when he held his second “Berliner Rede” (Berlin speech) in 2009 at the Elisabeth-Kirche.