The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a Protestant church found in Berlin. The original church was constructed between 1891-1895 but was destroyed in the air raid bombing during World War II. After the war, several plans were made to redevelop the church. A new glass church was proposed to be built on the ruins, in addition to complete destruction and removal of the remains so a totally new church would be built. Later on, it was decided to leave the ruin behind and build a new church around it. The old church is now a memorial to commemorate World War II. Many artists created abstract paintings of this church as an expression of their dislike of war and its effects.
The new design of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was made by Egon Eiermann. It has 4 buildings set around the ruins. The original plan to completely demolish the entire church was set aside in favor of the demands of the public to save the ruins. The four buildings were now situated on the west and east of the ruins. The walls were made of more than 20,000 stained glass inlay designed by Gabriele Loire. Loire got his inspiration from the glass colors of the Chartres Cathedral. The spectacular mix red, green, blue, and yellow would surely inspire you to create your own abstract art painting. Inside the church is a suspended figure of Christ facing the entrance? The figure is designed by Karl Hemmeter. Peter Tauchnitz designed the cross made of gilt silver inlaid with 37 rock crystals. You will find the bowl of holy water contained in a stand of Carrara marble. The wonderful sound of the organ is amplified by acoustics improved by Plexiglas panels. If you wish to see the renowned works of art of the church, head to the northeast wall. You will find a memorial of Protestant martyrs in bronze plaque that died in 1933-1945 under the Nazi regime. Next is the Stalingrad Madonna, the church’s symbol for hope.
You will only get to fully understand why Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is among the most visited places in Germany when you get to see it yourself. You can buy abstract art of this church in many galleries and also online.