General information about the church
The foundation-stone of the old church was laid on March 22nd, 1891. (Emperor Wilhelm I´s birthday) September 1st, 1895 (Sedan Day): opening of the old church. Architect: Schwechten. Damaged on December 23rd, 1943 and completely destroyed in air-raids in April 1945.
The foundation-stone of the new church was laid on May 9th, 1959 Topping-out ceremony: December 16th, 1960 Consecration of the bells: July 19th, 1961 Consecration of the new church: December 17th, 1961, by Bishop Otto Dibelius Architect: Prof. Dr. Egon Eiermann, Karlsruhe Completion of the Foyer and Chapel in December 1963.
Hall of Remembrance:
The church is named after Wilhelm I. who can be seen in the well-preserved mosaics in the vestibule of the old church. Now the vestibule (old tower) is also a war memorial, represented by historical illustrations of the church and the theme of reconciliation.This is symbolised by the crucifix from the altar of the old church, by the Cross of Nails from Coventry and the icon cross of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Postcards, Guides and Souvenirs can be obtained Monday to Sunday from 12.00 am to 5.30 pm in the Hall of Remembrance (Old Tower) or online in the shop.