Berlin Cathedral

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On the Friday of the first week of classes, I was super excited to attend a class on Postcolonialism in the Middle East – something perfect for my Master’s Dissertation (Theoretical Perspectives of Human Rights in the Middle East – including Postcolonial theory). Sadly, I was an unorganised mess and got the time of the class mixed up, so missed the first class (great start to the semester Eleanor). Anyways, with an accidentally free day I decided to get some culture.

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There is A LOT of cultural attractions in Berlin. More museums than I can count, but I decided to visit the cathedral, because I love visiting places of worship. Especially when in a country I’ve never visited before, as in different countries they differ depending on architectural style, and the country’s history etc, (and religion).

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The Berlin country is found on Museum Island, next to the River Spree. The Museum Island is pretty self-explanatory, so a definite must-see when visiting Berlin. Entry into the cathedral was 5 euros for students, and allows you entry into the main space, the crypt, and up to the dome.

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When I visited there was a sculpture installation, the mirrors are so the alter reflects the whole space.

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I donated 1 euro to light a candle, partly because I liked the look of the candles, and also for my Catholic Granny.

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Even though I’m not religious, I think it’s always worth visiting places of worship to absorb how religion shapes and defines the culture and history of a country.

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Anyway, you can opt to climb the 265 steps up to the dome to take in views of the city. As well as visiting cathedrals etc, I also think it’s always worth finding the best views of cities.

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Definitely worth the many steps to take in the sights. Even though the cold, grey weather is settling in, it is still a beautiful view.

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