December 14, 2011


The Gendarmenmarkt is known as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It was created as a market place, the Linden Markt. 
It is  surrounded by three landmark buildings, the Französischer Dom, Deutscher Dom and the Konzerthaus. In the center of the square is a statue of Friedrich Schiller, a famous German poet.

. The Konzerthaus was built on the ruins of the National Theater, which was destroyed by fire in 1817. Schinkel reused the columns and some outside walls from this 1802 building.
 It is now home to the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
The Französischer Dom (French Cathedral)and Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) are two seemingly identical churches opposite each other.

 The oldest of the two is the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral). It was built between 1701 and 1705 by the Huguenot community. Persecuted in France, they sought refuge in Protestant Berlin.
The Französischer Dom contains a Huguenot museum, a restaurant on the top floor and a viewing platform.

The Deutscher Dom or German Cathedral is the most southern building at the Gendarmenmakt serves  as a museum with exhibits on German history.

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