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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin
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Breitscheidplatz
Berlin
Berlin
10789

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The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (in German: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche) is located in Berlin on the Kurfürstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz. The old church was built between 1891 and 1895 according to plans by Franz Schwechten. Emperor Wilhelm II ordered the construction of the church in honour of his grandfather Wilhelm I. During World War II, the church was destroyed during a bombing raid in 1943. The only remainder of the old building is the ruin of the belfry, which are also referred to as 'der Hohle Zahn' ('the hollow tooth').

After the war, from 1951 to 1961, a new church was built right next to the site of the old one according to the plans of Egon Eiermann. It features a cross made of nails from the old Coventry Cathedral, destroyed by Nazi bomb attacks in Britain. It was consecrated on May 25, 1962, the same day as the new Coventry Cathedral, which like the Gedächtniskirche, was built alongside the ruins of the old building, which were kept as reminders of the horrors of war. Besides the Coventry cross, it houses an iconic cross of the Russian Orthodox Church and a graphic known as the Stalingrad Madonna by Lieutenant Kurt Reuber, created in December 1942 in Stalingrad (now Volgograd), as symbols of reconciliation between the three countries that were once at war.

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