Friedrichswerder Church

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Friedrichswerder Church
Friedrichswerdersche Kirche (de)
Temple du Werder (fr)
Berlin friedrichswerdersche kirche.jpg
View from southwest to the façade towards Werderscher Markt
Basic information
Location Friedrichswerder, a locality of Berlin
Geographic coordinates 52°30′57″N 13°23′51″E / 52.515877°N 13.397527°E / 52.515877; 13.397527Coordinates: 52°30′57″N 13°23′51″E / 52.515877°N 13.397527°E / 52.515877; 13.397527
Affiliation Profaned since its reconstruction in 1987
1701-1820s a triple simultaneum of a Huguenot Calvinist, a German Reformed and a German Lutheran congregation, 1820s-1872 Calvinist and united Protestant double simultaneum, 1872-1944 united Protestant (Prussian Union)
Province last: Evangelical Church of the old-Prussian Union
District last: March of Brandenburg ecclesiastical province, Kirchenkreis Berlin Stadt I (deanery)
Architectural description
Architect(s) Jean de Bodt (1st bldg 1699-1701), Karl Friedrich Schinkel (new construction 1824–31), who? (reconstruction 1982–7), Abri & Rabe (renovation 1996-2001)
Completed 16 May 1701 (inauguration in French), 12 July 1701 (inauguration in German), reconstruction 1987
Materials brick

The Friedrichswerder Church (German: Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, French: Temple du Werder) was the first Neo-Gothic church built in Berlin, Germany. It was designed by an architect better known for his Neoclassical architecture, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and was built under his direction, 1824-1831.

The building is currently part of the Berlin State Museums' ensemble, holding the Berlin National Gallery's collection of nineteenth-century German sculpture, showing works of Johann Gottfried Schadow, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Christian Daniel Rauch among others. In the upper floor a huge exhibition of work and life of Karl Friedrich Schinkel is shown.

It is maintained by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.


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The vaulting system