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A view inside the dome of the so-called German Church, which stands on the Gendarmenmarkt in central Berlin.

The Neue Kirche (English: New Church; colloquially known as Deutscher Dom, i.e., German Church), is located in Berlin on the Gendarmenmarkt across from French Church of Friedrichstadt (French Church).

Its parish comprised the northern part of the then new quarter of Friedrichstadt, which until then belonged to the parish of the congregations of Jerusalem's Church. The Lutheran and Calvinist (in German Reformed Church) congregants used German as their native language, as opposed to the French-speaking Calvinist congregation owning the French Church of Friedrichstadt on the opposite side of Gendarmenmarkt. The congregants' native language combined with the domed tower earned the church its colloquial naming Deutscher Dom. The church is not a cathedral in the actual sense of the word.

The church dates from the early part of the eighteenth century with subsequent additions. In 1943 the it was almost completely destroyed in the bombing of Berlin in World War II and was subsequently rebuilt from 1977 to 1988.

Meanwhile, the German government acquired the building and the site. The church building was updated, de-consecrated and reopened in 1996 as the Bundestag's museum on German parliamentary history (Milestones - Setbacks - Sidetracks, The Path to Parliamentary Democracy in Germany).

Taken from Wikipedia.

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