The St. Hedwig Cathedral in Berlin is an imposing building from the time of Frederick II and was named after a Countess Hedwig of Andechs. Born in Bavaria in 1174, she became the wife of Henry I, Duchess of Silesia in Poland. She was a pious woman who donated numerous monasteries and churches. The church was consecrated in 1773. Its purpose was to bind Silesia and its largely catholic population firmly and permanently to Prussia.
St. Hedwig Cathedral in Berlin was Built for the Catholics
According to the wishes of Frederick II the building style of the church is based on ancient Roman pantheons. It already conveys some of the spirit of approaching classicism and of Frederick’s typical religious tolerance for the composition of the population of his state. Construction took place between 1747 and 1773. The entrance area is a column portico adorned with reliefs by Theodor Wilhelm Achtermann. The pediment shows the adoration of the three kings.
In 1943 the church was heavily destroyed and rebuilt after the war in the years 1952-1963. The church, built for the Catholic community in Berlin, was rebuilt into a cathedral in 1930 and rebuilt for this purpose. Since June 27, 1994 Berlin is archdiocese and St. Hedwig its cathedral.
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