The St. Marienkirche

The Marienkirche is the oldest consecrated church in Berlin. It was built in the 13th century, first mentioned in 1292 though thought to date from slightly before that. The tower was added in the 15th century, built of Muschelkalk (shell-bearing limestone) from Rüdersdorf (to the east of Berlin). The original spire was quite different; the current copper spire was added in 1789-90 by Carl Gotthard Langhans, who was also the architect of the Brandenburg Gate.

The Marienkirche

It was then restored and added to in 1893-95 by Hermann Blankenstein - the four-gabled façade on the side is his work. It needed restoration again after World War II, though unlike some of Berlin's churches (the nearby Nikolaikirche, for example), it remained usable even before the restoration began. The area around it was cleared extensively in the late 60s, leaving it standing alone in an area which once was tightly packed with buildings.

I didn't go inside this time, so the interior will have to wait until another post, but it's definitely worth a look. It has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and its walls are home to a late 15th century Totentanz (danse macabre - dance of death). It also has a fine organ, originally built by Joachim Wagner in the early 1720s (though like virtually all organs, it's been rebuilt/restored many times since then, including most recently in 2002).

Alexanderplatz (U2, U5, U8)
Alexanderplatz (S3, S5, S7, S75)
The St. Marienkirche
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 8
10178 Berlin

Follow @journeytoberlin on Twitter!

  • Much as jet engines are marvels of modern engineering, I think advertising is barking up the wrong tree trying to sell them to me. 7 hours 59 min ago
  • For a view over including the Fernsehturm, the roof of the Alexanderplatz is a good vantage point! 1 week 2 days ago
  • It's somehow easy to forget just how big an area of the Tempelhofer Feld takes up until you see it from the… 1 week 2 days ago
  • 'Plattenbau' might be a dirty word to some, but there's an intriguing story behind this one in Johannisthal 1 week 3 days ago
  • The sense of space in this 1940 recording of Fritz Heitmann on the Berliner Dom organ makes it a fascinating listen! 1 week 4 days ago
  • Sicherer Weg zum Reichtum! If only I'd known getting rich was as easy as getting one of these... (advert from Berli… 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Autumn's definitely setting in, so here's Herbsttag by Rainer Maria Rilke, read by Otto Sander 2 weeks 3 days ago
  • The season may have turned, but there's still plenty reasons to explore the Müggelsee before the ferries stop! 2 weeks 3 days ago
  • For more concretey goodness, there's also my older piece on the Nikolaiviertel - 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Brace yourselves - it's my most in-depth article on yet! 2 weeks 5 days ago