Thursday, July 10, 2008

GERMANY - Berlin Cathedral

Location of BERLIN in GERMANY

Berlin Cathedral (German: Berliner Dom) is the colloquial name for the EvangelicalOberpfarr- und Domkirche (English analogously: Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church, literally Supreme Parish and Cathedral Church) in Berlin, Germany. It is the parish church of the Evangelical congregation Gemeinde der Oberpfarr- und Domkirche zu Berlin, a member of the umbrella organisation Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia. Its present building is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough.

The Berlin Cathedral had never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term, since Berlin, let alone this Cathedral, had never been the seat of a Catholic bishop. When in 1930 the Holy See for the first time established a Catholic diocese of Berlin, the Berlin Cathedral had long been a Protestant church. St. Hedwig's Cathedral serves as seat of Berlin's Metropolitan bishop. Function and title of bishop, as used in the Evangelical Church in Berlin-BrandenburgSt. Mary's Church, Berlin, being the bishop's domicile church with Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
(under this name 1945-2003), comprise the Protestant bishop's regular preaching in being the second seat.


Postcard sent by Rainer Theodor
Postcrossing - Reference DE-185221

Berlin Cathedral, in the background the Old National Gallery,
to the right the Spree (aerial photograph)


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