Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Matthäuskirche

St. Matthäuskirche seen from the Neue Nationalgalerie, Vater Staat (Father State) by Thomas Schütte, Berlin
St. Matthäuskirche seen from the Neue Nationalgalerie
“Vater Staat” (Father State) by Thomas Schütte
Berlin, September 2011
See also: Vater Staat

“Standing a bit lost and forlorn within the Kulturforum, the Stüler-designed Matthäuskirche (1846) is a beautiful neo-Romanesque confection with alternating bands of red and ochre brick and a light-flooded, modern sanctuary that doubles as a gallery. German resistance fighter Dietrich Bonhoeffer was ordained a Lutheran minister here in 1931. A few years later the church was scheduled to be transplanted to Spandau to make room for Albert Speer’s Germania. Fortunately the war – and history – took a different turn. Bonhoeffer, however, was executed by the Nazis on 9 April 1945, just a few days before the end of the war.”
(Lonely Planet, Berlin)

4 comments:

Revrunner said...

Thanks, VP. I've studied Bonhoeffer's works all my young adult and adult life, but I had never seen the church where he was ordained even though I've been in Berlin a couple of times.

cieldequimper said...

Did you go inside?

Changes in the wind said...

Love the contrast of the roof....

Dina said...

Wow, what a church.
Such a shame that we lost Bonhoeffer.