The Victory Column (Siegessaule), built in 1873,
commemorates Prussia's military conquests under Kaiser
Wilhelm I that created the nation of Germany. Atop the
column is a gilded statue representing victory.
On the left, unrestored ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm I Memorial
Church (1895), showing the damage from allied bombing in
World War II. It serves as Germany's symbol of defeat and the
horrors of war. On the right, the restored New Jewish
Synagogue, originally built in 1866. Both are now museums.
The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral, 1905) is
Lutheran, and the former royal church where
Prussian kings are buried. Heavily damaged by
World War II bombing, restoration took decades.
|Neither the Dom's interior nor exterior reflects a
traditional, sparse, Lutheran style. This church design is
|The 17th century Schloss Charlottenburg is Berlin's only
remaining imperial palace. The others fell victim to allied
bombing and East Germany's policy of destroying, rather than
restoring, Berlin palaces under its control. However, in
Potsdam, near Berlin, East Germany restored and maintained
the beautiful palace complex that includes Frederick the
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's 2003 Germany video by clicking
and the 1990 film by clicking here: Berlin and Paris