Europe has some amazing churches. I would be perfectly content if I could just go in each church, look around, and just sit for a few minutes to take in the beauty. It's pretty incredible how beautiful they are, especially when you think about how old they are.
The first church we visited was WiesKirche. I already wrote about it in my Getting There post. So, I won't bore you again with the pictures or commentary!
In Berlin, some of us went into the Kaiser Wilhelm Church. This church was built in the 1890's and was bombed in 1943. Part of the building remains as it was after the bombing; in 2007 there was a campaign to rescue the church.
The outside of the church:
You enter the church in the base of the spire that was bombed. There are mosaics depicting monarchs:
(In these next 2, you can see where the bombs destroyed part of the mosaic):
Reliefs depicting the life of Christ:
As well as the life of Kaiser Wilhelm I:
There is the damaged statue of Christ that was on the original altar:
A cross made from the nails from the roof timbers of the Coventry Chapel (England) which was damaged during a bombing raid:
The altar inside the church:
The "Stalingrad Madonna", which is a charcoal drawing by Kurt Rueber, a German staff physician and Protestant pastor during the battle of Stalingrad. He used a Russian map for the paper. This drawing was a symbol of peace during the Cold War.
Also in the church, there is a Spanish wooden crucifix from the 1300's
The church is still undergoing renovations. The church spire was closed, so we weren't able to climb up to the top. I think it's suppose to be finished by the end of the summer.
I was going to mention all of the churches we saw in 1 post, but then realized it would be more like a novel! So, to keep the posts readable, I made the decision to break it up.Next up: St. George (Georgenkirche) in Eisenach.