Berlin Cathedral: Gold and Death Galore

I’ve missed you! Have you missed me? Alright, you don’t have to answer that. I’ve already shown you the Berlin Wall, the Fernsehturm and some of Berlin’s beautiful street art, but today I’ve got something a little more refined for you. We’re going to visit the Berlin Cathedral (or Berliner Dom as the Germans call it) – a parish church built between 1894 and 1905, designed by a father-and-son team of Julius and Otto Raschdorff to celebrate Italian Noe-Renaissance. Look at me, knowing things and shit. Impressive, eh?

My visit of the Cathedral was a lot less refined than the previous paragraph made it seem. In fact, I only visited it by a mistake of sorts – my friends and I wanted to go up the Fernsehturm to have a look at the city from a high vantage point, but the 2-hour waiting time put us off. Getting onto the roof of what we only referred to as “that big church there” at the time was our only chance to take photos of other buildings whose names we did not know and it was not one we were going to pass up.Before I destroy the (very few) remnants of travel blogging credibility I still have left, let’s go inside!

Alright, I lied – we’re not going in just yet. Before we do, let’s have one last look at the beautiful facade. Whenever I visit churches and cathedrals, I am always overwhelmed by their grandeur. Is it possible that the members of the same species, which now prefers to spend the majority of its free time slacking off in front of the TV with a bowl of greasy crisps, could build something of that magnitude? Clearly, it is. Fine – we can go inside now. Just say “knock, knock!” – I promise I’m not about to tell you a joke.

The golden interior exuded a beautiful warmth – doesn’t that figure in the last photo look just lovely? I kind of thought it did, until I read on a little placard to its right that it was a statue of death personified. Cathedrals are funny places – opulent domes filled with precious stone, marble and… death. This one even came complete with a crypt underneath, so we were literally surrounded by it. I guess there’s no better way to make people repentant than remind them of their mortality? More often than not, morality and mortality seem to go hand in hand.

I know I took you up here to show you the view – and it’s going to be just as spectacular as you might expect, if not better – but let’s just have one more look at the cathedral’s intricate decor. The statues cast long shadows and their gold accents glistened in the low afternoon sun, making the scene look like a postcard from another world. It looked surreal.

And finally, here are the lovely views from the cathedral’s roof! You might be puzzled by the ugly mess on the second photo – apparently the city of Berlin decided it wasn’t fabulous enough as is and has hence decided to rebuild a destroyed palace from scratch. Casual, ya know.

Entry: 7 € (student 4 €)
Opening times: 9 am – 7 pm (Mo-Sat), 12 – 7 pm (Sun)

  • adolf_hitler

    Have you visited any of our famous Death cam- I mean vacation camps? Also! The Fourth Reich is recruiting new Wulfsturm units and the Hitlerjugend is always looking for new members!