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Krankenhauskirche Wuhlegarten
Krankenhauskirche Wuhlegarten © Fachbereich Kultur Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Foto: Jan Frontzek

Cafe of Silence in the Hospital Church Wuhlegarten

The church serves as a room for silence, prayer and meditation and as a place of encounter and cultural exchange. Through a varied artistic and cultural program of concerts, exhibitions, readings, theatre performances, the church is known and loved by patients and visitors of the region.

Address
Krankenhauskirche im Wuhlegarten

Brebacher Weg 15 12683  Berlin


The hospital church in the Wuhlgarten is a project of the Wuhlgarten - Hilfsverein für psychisch Kranke e.V. (Wuhlgarten - Association for the Mentally Ill). However, the project is above all also supported by the commitment of the church community of interests, in which representatives of the Catholic and Protestant churches, the accident hospital and many committed citizens work together. In the picturesque church, visitors can experience pleasant hours, a contemplative time and happy encounters and let themselves be carried along by the charisma, the spiritual energy and the security that the building sends out.

The church is open daily from 14.00 - 16.00 o'clock as a café of silence as well as to changing events.

The three-nave church was built in the late 19th century in the style of an early Christian basilica and offered space for 500 visitors. The historicizing form of the clinker brick building was inspired by the Neo-Renaissance - a current of the Berlin building school.

During the Second World War, the church was damaged by the effects of war and bombing raids, and then became a desolate storeroom. Components were removed to repair other buildings on the surrounding hospital grounds. Thus it increasingly turned into a ruin.It was not until the end of the 1980s that the city planning office and the monument preservation department of the Berlin magistrate wanted to carry out the first measures to secure it, but never implemented them because the costs were too high.

At the beginning of the 1990s, the "Bauakademie EDV-Kompetenz und Weiterbildungszentrum GmbH" began with the first serious security work and the monument preservation and technical documentation of the church. With the construction of the Accident Hospital (UKB) on the site, the reconstruction of the church was finally begun. On 18 November 1997, the ceremonial rededication by representatives of the Protestant and Catholic Church took place with great public participation.  A fundraising campaign in 2001 enabled the purchase of a concert organ. In today's ecumenically used church regular church services take place. They are held alternately by Catholic and Protestant hospital pastors.

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