Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin
The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin was built in 1895 in honor of Kaiser Wilhelm I. The original church was completely destroyed during an air raid in 1943. Only the ruin of the bell tower survived and was preserved to this day as a peace memorial. The new Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche was opened in 1961. It is a modern design and famous for its blue stained-glass windows by Gabriel Loire from Chartres and a large golden sculpture of Christ ascending into heaven. The church also serves as a popular concert venue. Every Sunday evening, various ensembles from Berlin perform choral and organ concerts as well as Bach Cantatas. During the week the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church hosts guest choirs and orchestras and the local Lutheran Community invites choirs from all over the world to participate in their worship services.