The heavily damaged Friedrichswerder church near Berlin's Schlossplatz has to reopen. Seven years after closure due to dilapidation, the renovation of the building designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) will be completed later this year, said the pastor of the Protestant parish of Friedrichstadt, Stephan Frielinghaus , in Berlin, at the Epangelical Press Service (epd). : "We are done with the work." Just a year ago, the Senate administration on culture spoke of permanent damage.
For the moment, discussions were ongoing with various stakeholders for further use, said Frielinghaus. The first access was made by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which has always signed a lease with the parish until 2023. The congregation itself plans to temporarily install its services there. Reason is a reconstruction work of the French church in Friedrichstadt next year, said Frielinghaus.
"A deterrent example of heritage protection that does not work"
After years of in-depth renovation, the sculptures of Berlin Classicism were presented to the Schinkel Church from 2001 to 2012 as a branch of the Alte Nationalgalerie. However, new buildings in the immediate vicinity have caused so deep cracks in the ground above the masonry in the safe that the church had to be closed in 2012. The Berlin culture senator, Klaus Lederer (left) had described the treatment of the church of Friedrichswerder as a deterrent example of inoperative monument protection.
According to Frielinghaus, the church still works on the floor, on the entrance door and on the "broken" window frames. He hopes by the end of construction this fall of this year: "We can not repair the damage, but everyone agrees: the church is stable and safe." damage had been borne by the causal developer.
The Friedrichswerder church was built from 1824 to 1830. Originally designed in a classical style, Schinkel is bent to the wishes of Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, who preferred a church in "Old German", c & # 39; that is to say Gothic style. In the proportions of the building, however, the architect remained true to his intention of "purifying Gothic by antiquity," says the foundation.
As a model of the one-nave church, Schinkel served the English college chapels. Damaged during the Second World War, the Friedrichswerder church was initially secured only temporarily. The brick building is today the only Schinkel public building, largely faithful to the original, both inside and out. (EPD)