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Jan 23 2015

Berliner Dom, Berlin

I have been to Berlin a couple of times, but this Foto Friday comes from my very first visit. I was there initially for a conference, but I decided to stay on to explore Berlin.  My parents had never been, so they decided to join me.  The weather was fantastic for the first few days, but it started snowing the day my parents arrived which gave Berlin a completely different look and feel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have great memories of this trip because my mum tried desperately not to get in my photos and videos because she knew they would be going online for all to see and she’s a little shy.  The funny thing is, the more she tried not to get in them, the more she somehow managed to get in most of them.  This is one of the few photos she isn’t in.  I’ve digressed enough.

From what I understand, even though Berlin Cathedral/Berliner Dom is referred to as a cathedral, it’s a church.  Apparently, it has never actually been a cathedral because it has never been the seat of a bishop.  It may have got its name from the fact that the original church, which dated back to the 15th century, was upgraded to a collegiate church and, at that time, collegiate churches were referred to as Domkirch.

In the late 19th century, the original church was demolished and a much grander building, the one you see today, was erected.  Unfortunately, it didn’t escape World War II unscathed.  In fact, it was badly damaged and it wasn’t until the 1970s that work began to restore it to its former glory.

I read somewhere that this is the largest church in Berlin.  I’m sure that’s true because it’s massive.

Did you spot the Berlin Television Tower standing proud in the background?  Of course, you did.  It’s impossible to miss, isn’t it?

Location

You can see precisely where both Berliner Dom and the TV Tower are located on this map:

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Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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