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November 06, 2011, 03:57 PM

Big bland Berlin belfry bats

By Lawrence Skilling

Apostel Paulus Kirche, Berlin [photo L Skilling

Berlin, Germany - We were in Berlin a few days ago, my mothers home town. Always enjoyed going there although it is impossible to get food which hasn't been made with the contents of an entire salt cellar. One of the things that makes the place interesting is that sense of bad history, destruction and schism. This is reflected somewhat in the architecture which is is either Euro Bland Nothingness or Great Big Dark Edifices which look as though they were designed primarily to frighten children. The Reichstag, TV Tower, Cathedral and pretty much any museum are the most notable examples, but the style can be found city wide.

This sinister looking church* is in the unremarkable area of GuntzelStrasse. I would have loved to have had a camera good enough to show the bats circling the tower at dusk.

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*Apostel-Paulus-Kirche in Berlin-Schöneberg, was built in 1892-1894 by architect Franz Heinrich Schwechten (1841-1924), notable for the memorial church of Wilhelm I, German Emperor, known as the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, one of the thousand memorials to Wilhelm that were constructed between 1867-1918.

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Story Type:  Feature

ID: 62814

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