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Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church)

Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church)
Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church), Berlin

St. Mary's Church, known in German as the Marienkirche is located on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße (formerly Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße) in central Berlin, near the Alexanderplatz. Its exact age is not known, but it was first mentioned in German chronicles in 1292. It is presumed to date from earlier in the 13th century. It was originally a Roman Catholic church, but has been a Lutheran Protestant church since the Protestant Reformation.

Along with the Nikolaikirche, the Marienkirche is the oldest church in Berlin. The oldest parts of the church are made from granite, but most of it is built of brick, giving it its characteristic bright red appearance. This was deliberately copied in the construction of the nearby Berlin City Hall, the Rotes Rathaus. During World War II, it was heavily damaged by Allied bombs. After the war the church was in East Berlin, and in the 1950s it was restored by the East German authorities.

There is a striking statue of Martin Luther outside the church. The Marienkirche also contains the tomb of Field Marshal Otto Christoph von Sparr. Carl Hildebrand Freiherr von Canstein, the founder of the oldest Bible society of the world, the Cansteinsche Bibelanstalt, was buried here in 1719.

Hours: November - March: daily 10am - 4pm. April - October: daily 10am - 9pm.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary%27s_Church,_Berlin ]

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Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 8 10178 Berlin, Germany
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