- The ancient Marienkirche, built of rough stone and crowned by a copper green steeple, was first mentioned in chronicles from the year 1294. As such, it contrasts starkly with its surroundings - a series of spartan socialist monoliths towered over by the futuristic TV Tower. Lonely and full of pride, it reminds us that Berlin is in fact an ancient city, although little has survived successive centuries of turmoil. The inside of the church is as plain as the socialist urban landscape outside, a place where Medieval protestantism meets twentieth century agnosticism.
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