St. Mary's Church

Berlin, Germany

The exact age of the original St. Mary's Church (Marienkirche) site and structure is not precisely known, but it was first mentioned in German chronicles in 1292. It is presumed to date from earlier in the 13th century. The architecture of the building is now largely composed of comparatively modern restoration work which took place in the late 19th century and in the post-war period. The church 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.

Before World War II, the Marienkirche was in the middle of a densely populated part of the district of Mitte, and was in regular use as a parish church. After the war, this area was cleared of ruined buildings and today the church stands in the open spaces around the Alexanderplatz, and is overshadowed by the East Berlin television tower, the Fernsehturm.

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.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Olena Piddubna (18 months ago)
One of the ancient churches that is still in service! Very impressive!!!
Sangjin Park (2 years ago)
I’m not a Christian. But I prayed and the main reason why I prayed was the air. The air makes me think too deep. It’s free to go into the church. Also the tower is not that far from here.
Cam V (2 years ago)
Very nice church that holds mass in German and English. Be respectful during the mass, have a seat and enjoy the quiet.
SHALU PRAKASIA (2 years ago)
Very beautiful church. We visited this church on Thursday and we were lucky enough to hear the large organ play at 1:30pm. Worth visiting this church.
DDF GhostHunting (2 years ago)
The church looks amazing on the out side an even better on the inside. I had no idea it looked so cool on the inside as well. If you have a few mins defensively worth a look around. It wont take you long to see everything on this inside as it's not that big. Still worth it if you are in the area.
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