Profile In addition to Sunday services, weddings, baptisms and the numerous parish activities, Sophienkirche is a popular concert church because of its very clear, not too reverberant acoustics and the wonderful Schuke organ. Concerts are also frequently recorded and broadcast here, e.g. by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and rbb. As Berlin's only preserved baroque church, it is also a popular subject for filming. History of the church Sophienkirche was built in 1712/13 as the parish church of the Spandauer Vorstadt. The founder of the building was Queen Sophie Luise, the last wife of Frederick I, whose name the church bears. In 1729-35 the tower was built according to a design by Johann Friedrich Grael. The builder was King Frederick William I (the "Soldier King"), who adorned his residential city of Berlin with impressive church towers. He had nine towers built in twenty years. Of all these towers, only the one at St. Sophia's Church has survived to this day, becoming a unique monument to a great architectural epoch. The church, a simple but spacious hall, underwent many alterations, the most thorough of which was in 1892. This still characterizes the interior today: a banqueting hall with neo-baroque decorations, in which older furnishings have also been preserved in the form of a pulpit, organ, baptismal font and some grave monuments. The urban location of the building in the old churchyard, which is covered with tall trees, is particularly attractive, creating a quiet zone "in the heart" of the densely built-up Spandau suburb. Here lie the graves of Karl Friedrich Zelter and Leopold von Ranke. Location & Access Große Hamburger Str. 29/30, 10115 Berlin-Mitte. Very centrally located, near Hackescher Markt, set back from the street, surrounded by an old church park. Connections: S-Hackescher Markt, S-Oranienburger Str., U-Weinmeisterstr., Streetcar M1, M4, M5, M6, N5, N8, hardly any parking possibilities. Rooms & Capacities Nave, two side and one organ loft with church pews for a total of up to 900 people, large two-part annex (47sqm + 35sqm) with tea kitchen, two (internal) sacristies at the chancel, four staircases, vestibule, two WC, wheelchair ramp.
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