Brutal Berlin

Saint Agnes Church

It is the complete opposite of what you expect of a church. You don’t feel like you are invited in but rather scared away. The former St Agnes Church located in Kreuzberg is today an art gallery.

The architect wanted to build a little fortress instead of a traditional church. He definitely achieved that. From the outside, the building is completely unapproachable, with its massive, heavy windowless appearance. The rectangular building was built in a Brutalist style in the 1960s.

The biggest surprise is on the inside. An intimate space on the ground floor and a large exhibition space upstairs. Due to its height and subtle light, it is bright and perfect for exhibiting. The König Galerie is a well-known gallery which organises temporary art shows.

This concrete castle-like building is tucked away in a discrete part of Kreuzberg. It’s located in a typical post-war area in the middle of Berlin. But, it is so quiet and ‘normal’, that it feels as if you are in the periphery. There is nothing to remind you of Oranienstraße, the popular tourist street with its many bars.

Tip

This is a great area to explore. ‘ExRotaprint’ is situated near to Moritzplatz Station, another example of Brutalism. Next to this building, you can find Modulor, an outstanding store for graphic design. Opposite it, you find an Urban City Garden: ‘Prinzessinen Garten’, recommended for a tasty lunch, open in spring and summer.

More information

Address:
St. Agnes Church/ König Galerie
Alexandrinenstraße 118-121
Kreuzberg Berlin

Public Transport:
Nearest by train station: U8 Moritsplatz

Opening times:
Tue-Sat 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sun 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Price:
Admission free

Websites:
http://www.st-agnes.net/
http://www.koeniggalerie.com/

 

 

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