One cannot but miss the huge white dome surrounded by four small domes on its corners when visiting Berlin via flight. They belong to the famous Berlin Cathedral, famous amongst tourists for its impressive Baroque structure. However, hold your breath, since the present structure dates back just to 1905. Several other structures used to stand on the same spot where this structure now stands. If one checks out the history of this place, they will discover that this space was first occupied St. Erasmus Chapel whose status was enhanced to that of a collegiate church in the year 1465.
This status was later on, in the year 1536, transferred to the former Dominican church that lay to the south. When the elector, accepted the reformation in the year 1539, the collegiate church became a Lutheran church. Tourists might find it interesting to know that the Lutheran church was declared as the highest of all parish churches in the locality. According to history, the church was converted to a court and parish church in the year 1613. Those who are interested in an excellent glimpse of the dome are recommended to view it from the gallery of the dome. It is really worth climbing the 270 steps to the top of the cathedral. Do not miss out the crypt that contains more than eighty sarcophagi of Prussian royals.
Category: Berlin tourist attractions