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St. Elisabeth-Kirche – This church is not a church

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 in 1991 did it become possible to protect the building by specialists. Until today they’ve been able to rebuild the structure with the help of the Berlin government and different organizations. 

The church is used for cultural events, especially concerts and exhibitions (have a look at the event calendar). Unfortunately the church is not open for the public regularly. Sometimes the door just stands open so try your luck to catch a glimpse inside. If it is closed you can enjoy sitting on a bench in the small garden in front of the building.

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Invalidenstraße 3, Berlin

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