You may come across Berlin Cathedral if you’re walking around Museums Island in Berlin. The imposing building, officially named Oberpfarr- und Domkirche, or in English, Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church can be traced to 1451. It’s jumped frombeing Roman Catholic to Lutheran, Calvinist and Evangelical.
I won’t give my usual history lesson. It’s been damaged by war, part of the former East Germany, and still stands. It’s home to a huge and aged pipe organ. Visually, it’s a stunning building. The green of the statues (oxidized tin? I’m not a metallurgist) contrasting with the bricks of the building make Berlin Cathedral hard not to stare at, and photograph.
Berlin Cathedral and Museum Island
The entire area of Museum Island, where Berlin Cathedral sits, is something to behold if you’re into old buildings. Close to Berlin Cathedral is the Atles Museum, or Old Museum, one of five museums in the area. The others are:
- The Neues Museum (New Museum) aka the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.
- The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
- The Bode Museum
- The Pergamon Museum
Between the Berlin Cathedral and Atles Museum is Lustgarten, an open space that once served as a military parade ground site of many protests before World War II. After the Nazi’s took power Adolph Hitler address mass rallies of party faithful at Lustgarten – the space accommodating 1 million people.
Lustgarten today is more park like. When I visited it was a German National Holiday, the park was full of people enjoying a warm May afternoon, relaxing on the grass. All seemed less interested in Berlin Cathedral than I did. That’s not surprising – most people do not share my interests, other than my love of alcohol.
This was shot with my venerable Canon 5D Mark II with the 24-104 f/4L lens. 55mm, 1/200, f/10. A few touch-ups in PP with Color Efex Pro 4.