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One of Berlin's prettiest squares Feb 20, 2017
The Gendarmenmarkt was one of the first places I visited after arriving in Berlin. The square is named after the Gens d'Armes regiment whose stables were situated here.

There are 4 major sights of interest in this beautiful square:

Firstly there is the statue of Friedrich Schiller, the esteemed German poet and philosopher. It stands in pride of place in the centre of the square and is a work of German sculptor Reinhard Begas. Also found on the Gendarmenmarkt is the Konzerthaus. This building is home to the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and was built in 1818-1821 to the design of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. It received heavy damage during World War Two and was rebuilt in 1977 sympathetically to Schinkel's original plans.

There are also two very similar looking churches; The Deutscher Dom and The Französischer Dom. They stand on opposite sides of the square. The French church (not a cathedral) is the more interesting. It was originally built in 1701-1705 for the French-speaking Huguenot community of Berlin. The domed tower was built in 1785 to give a symmetrical aspect to the Gendarmenmarkt. Sadly, the church was also heavily damaged during wartime and was rebuilt between 1977-1981. The church currently houses the Huguenot museum; somewhere I plan on visiting if I make it back to Berlin someday.
Deutscher Dom
German church
One of the churches on Gendarmenma…
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