The Chapel of Reconciliation on the grounds of the former border strip was erected at the very same site where the Reconciliation Church once stood. After the Wall was built in 1961, the Protestant Church of the Reconciliation Parish was situated within the death strip and inaccessible. It became a disturbing symbol of the division of Germany and Europe. In 1985, as the border grounds continued to be expanded, the East German government gave the order for the church to be blown up. After German reunification, the church property was returned to the Reconciliation Parish with the condition that it be used for religious purposes.

The Chapel design was based on plans by the Berlin architects Peter Sassenroth and Rudolf Reitermann. The Austrian mud-brick building expert Martin Rauch built the chapel over the foundations of the sanctuary of the destroyed Reconciliation Church. The structure consists of an oval-shaped rammed-earth construction whose inner room is encircled by a colonnade framed by wooden slabs penetrated by light. The original altar piece survived the demolition and now hangs above the exposed cellar staircase of the older church and a doorway that was walled up in 1961 when the Wall was built. The altar piece hangs in a niche created by a light well projecting over the copper-covered roof. The core of the chapel, a massive rammed-earth structure that is oriented to the East, connects here. The Book of Wall Victims lies in the chapel’s new altar. The original bells of the destroyed church hang inside wooden scaffolding in front of the church and are rung by hand.

The Chapel of Reconciliation was dedicated in 2000. The chapel is both a place of worship for the Protestant Reconciliation Parish and a part of the Berlin Wall Memorial. It serves both parish members and visitors as a place of memory and prayer. The victims of the Berlin Wall are commemorated here regularly.

Manfred Fischer was an eyewitness to the blasting of the Reconciliation Church as well as the erection of the Chapel of Reconciliation. He was the priest of the Reconciliation Parish from 1975 to 2013. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, priest Manfred Fischer got involved with the erection of the "Berlin Wall Memorial". In the Mauerschau App, Manfred Fischer guides you around the Memorial and the Chapel of Reconciliation and talks about his personal view on the lasting effects that the Berlin Wall had on this district of Berlin.

Kapelle der Versöhnung

The Chapel of Reconciliation, 2002, photo: C. Jungeblodt


Prayer services for the victims of the Wall in the Chapel of Reconciliation
Tuesday– Friday
12pm – 12:15pm