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Church. Sofia: photo description (Sophienkirche)

One of the attractions of Berlin is the Evangelical Church of Hagia Sophia. The project's initial construction was developed by the Philip Gerlach during the reign of Frederick I. it was Planned that it will be named in honor of Sophia-Louise von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the third wife of the king. But it was consecrated to the Church after the death of Frederick I, during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm I, who rejected the proposed name. Initially the Church was called Spandau, like the suburb in which it is located.

The name of the Church - Sophienkirche - appeared during the reign of Frederick II. To 1734, construction was completed on the Baroque tower that was added to the Church by the project of Johann Friedrich Grela.

The radical rebuilding of the Church was carried out during the years 1891-1892. During this period she gained the exterior and interior, which can be seen today. In particular, during this restructuring in the Eastern wall of the Church was made the altar niche. The same time the ceiling of the Church is decorated with a large rocaille. Project F. Schultz was deepened gender, and Church ceilings are raised. Part of the interior overhaul is not affected, and he remained in its original form until now.

On the wall of the sacristy of the Church of SV. Sofia can be seen the memorial to Karl Wilhelm Ramler (poet, classicist, he served as one of the Directors of the Berlin Royal theatre). The Northern wall are given under the memorial of Anna-Louise Karsh (German poet of the 18th century). The Church surrounds the yard, which for many years not used as intended.

The cemetery of the Church of Hagia Sophia is the famous Berlin cemetery No. 2, on which rests Carl Friedrich Zelter, the founder of the singing Academy in Berlin. Also the cemetery is the final resting place for many dead at the end of the Second world war.