The original Kaiser Wilhelm Church was built in the 1890s and had a Neo-Romanesque style. The church was part of the Kaiser’s nationwide construction project to ward off the growing labour movement, and was named after his grandfather.
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It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943, and after the war there was a big debate about whether it should be pulled down or rebuilt.

In the end the architect Egon Eiermann designed a stunning modern church next to the ruins.

This new building has walls inlaid with more than 20,000 blue stained glass panels and consecrated in 1961. The surviving, damaged tower of the old church remains as a memorial, holding an anti-war exhibition with a crucifix made from nails collected from Coventry Cathedral, bombed by the Nazis in 1940.

Last Updated: 27 August, 2019
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