Berliner Dom

One of the most impression churches in Berlin, Germany is the Berliner Dom. Julius Raschdorf designed this cathedral in 1894-1905. The building surprised me by its opulence since it’s a Protestant church. It was closed down for about four decades for renovation and reopened in 1993. I was keen on seeing the inside and visiting the crypt, which is the final resting place for many members of the Hohenzollern ruling dynasty. In addition, you can climb to the top of the dome for wonderful views of the city. There is a fee to enter the church, for me though, it was worth it.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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32 Responses to Berliner Dom

  1. vinnieh says:

    Fantastic photo’s as usual.

  2. lynnsbooks says:

    Wow. Very impressive.
    I must say, I visited the Duomo in Florence and climbed to the top of the dome – I don’t really know what I was thinking as I’m not keen on heights! Not sure I’d do it again. Glad I pushed myself but I practically had to hug the wall the whole time (yep, me and that wall – we were close)! In future I’ll stay on the ground I think.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • TBM says:

      I haven’t climbed the Duomo yet. I should add it to my list. I’m not a huge fan of heights and most of the ones I’ve climbed have railings so you don’t spill over. Still, the feeling of “Oh my gosh, I’m up here!” is still present. And then I think, “Don’t drop your camera and hurt someone below.”

      • lynnsbooks says:

        I know! Imagine!! I was trying to take a picture of Paul who was sat down below (why he didn’t climb up I have no idea as he’s not afraid of heights and I am – what’s all that about! – he looked so tiny sat down below. I was pleased with myself for doing the climb – not sure I’d do it again though. Great pics as always.
        Lynn πŸ˜€

      • TBM says:

        That’s kinda funny that you went up even though you are afraid. Maybe Paul was trying to help you overcome your fear. At least you can say that you’ve done it!

  3. Great post TBM! You gave us a very complete tour with your gorgeous photos, and I felt like I was walking alongside you :).

  4. Carl V. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Yes, definitely worth the fee. Was there any mention of how much, if any of it, was damaged in the war?

    • TBM says:

      It was hit by a fire bomb so I imagine the damage was extensive. So many of the places I’ve visited recently have suffered from WWII. Now when I see an old building with damage I wonder if it was another victim of the war. The war had so many devastating consequences for all involved.

  5. fgassette says:

    Beautifully photographs of a majestic church. The architect and painting are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Caroline says:

    It’s massive. I usually prefer Gothic cathedrals but it is still an impressive bulding.

    • TBM says:

      I’m not sure I have a favorite style. Coming from the States, most of the churches in Europe impress me. They are so much older than the buildings I’m used to seeing.

  7. Northern Narratives says:

    Nice that your got a view from the top. I really like the dome.

  8. zelmare says:

    Oh wow. Magnificent! Would love to see this in real life… πŸ™‚

  9. scrapydo says:

    Wow it is impressive. Glad you went up so you can show the view from the top. It is Really awesome.

  10. pattisj says:

    No one does architecture like the Europeans!

  11. Fergiemoto says:

    Wow, thanks for showing these great photos! That is very impressive and interesting. The architecture is ornate with so much character.

  12. Beautiful pictures. I’ve never been inside… have only seen the outside.

  13. That is so beautiful. Isn’t it incredible how much detail used to be put into making words of art? What do we have now? Uniform looking apartment blocks. We are leaving nothing behind!

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