Schlagwort-Archive: Berlin

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Berlin – Berliner Dom Altar
zu berlin
Image by Daniel Mennerich
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) is the colloquial name for the Evangelical (Protestant) Oberpfarr- und Domkirche (Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church, literally Supreme Parish and Cathedral Church) in Berlin, Germany.

It is the parish church of the Evangelical congregation Gemeinde der Oberpfarr- und Domkirche zu Berlin, a member of the umbrella organisation Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia. Its present building is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough.

The Berlin Cathedral has never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop. The bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg (under this name 1945–2003) is based in St. Mary’s Church, Berlin, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. St. Hedwig’s Cathedral serves as seat of Berlin’s Roman Catholic metropolitan bishop.

On 6 September 1750 the new baroque Calvinist Supreme Parish Church was inaugurated, built by Johann Boumann the Elder in 1747–1750. The electoral tombs were translated to the new building. The new structure covered a space north of the castle, which is still covered by the present building.

In 1817 – under the auspices of King Frederick William III of Prussia – the community of the Supreme Parish Church, like most Prussian Calvinist and Lutheran congregations joined the common umbrella organisation named Evangelical Church in Prussia (under this name since 1821), with each congregation maintaining its former denomination or adopting the new united denomination. The community of the Supreme Parish Church adopted the new denomination of the Prussian Union. Today’s presbytery of the congregation bears the unusual name in German: Domkirchenkollegium, literally in Cathedral College, thus recalling the history of the church as collegiate church.

In celebration of the Union Karl Friedrich Schinkel remodelled the interior in the same year and in 1820–1822 the exterior of Boumann’s church in the neoclassicist style. The Supreme Parish and Cathedral Church faced at its southern façade the Berlin Castle, the palace of the Hohenzollern (destroyed in World War II), and the Lustgarten park at its western front, which is still there.

Berlin – Berliner Dom 06
zu berlin
Image by Daniel Mennerich
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) is the colloquial name for the Evangelical (Protestant) Oberpfarr- und Domkirche (Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church, literally Supreme Parish and Cathedral Church) in Berlin, Germany.

It is the parish church of the Evangelical congregation Gemeinde der Oberpfarr- und Domkirche zu Berlin, a member of the umbrella organisation Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia. Its present building is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough.

The Berlin Cathedral has never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop. The bishop of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg (under this name 1945–2003) is based in St. Mary’s Church, Berlin, and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. St. Hedwig’s Cathedral serves as seat of Berlin’s Roman Catholic metropolitan bishop.

On 6 September 1750 the new baroque Calvinist Supreme Parish Church was inaugurated, built by Johann Boumann the Elder in 1747–1750. The electoral tombs were translated to the new building. The new structure covered a space north of the castle, which is still covered by the present building.

In 1817 – under the auspices of King Frederick William III of Prussia – the community of the Supreme Parish Church, like most Prussian Calvinist and Lutheran congregations joined the common umbrella organisation named Evangelical Church in Prussia (under this name since 1821), with each congregation maintaining its former denomination or adopting the new united denomination. The community of the Supreme Parish Church adopted the new denomination of the Prussian Union. Today’s presbytery of the congregation bears the unusual name in German: Domkirchenkollegium, literally in Cathedral College, thus recalling the history of the church as collegiate church.

In celebration of the Union Karl Friedrich Schinkel remodelled the interior in the same year and in 1820–1822 the exterior of Boumann’s church in the neoclassicist style. The Supreme Parish and Cathedral Church faced at its southern façade the Berlin Castle, the palace of the Hohenzollern (destroyed in World War II), and the Lustgarten park at its western front, which is still there.

Freiheit statt Angst 2013 – 07.09.2013 – Berlin – IMN_8974

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Freiheit statt Angst 2013 – 07.09.2013 – Berlin – IMN_8974
berlin polizei twitter
Image by PM Cheung
Rund 20.000 Menschen haben am 07.09.2013 in Berlin für mehr Datenschutz und Rechte im Internet protestiert. Der Protest richtete sich vor allem gegen die Überwachung im Internet, behördlichen Sammelwut und Datenausspähung. Überschattet wurden die Proteste von der aktuellen Debatte um Edward Snowden und den Geheimdienst NSA. Zu der Demonstration hatte ein sehr breites Bündnis aus Gewerkschaften, Initiativen und Parteien wie die Grünen, die Linkspartei, die FDP und die Piratenpartei aufgerufen. Die Demonstration verlief friedlich und ohne Zwischenfälle.

Unter dem Motto "Freiheit statt Angst" haben am 07. September 2013 rund 20.000 Menschen in Berlin-Mitte gegen die Überwachung durch Geheimdienste, Behörden und Firmen protestiert. Auf zahlreichen Schildern und Transparente wurde die massenhafte Datenausspähung im Netz und den Einsatz staatlicher Überwachungsprogramme kritisiert. Dabei forderten die Demonstranten mehr Datenschutz, freies Internet sowie einen politischen Wechsel.

Zu den Protesten aufgerufen, hatte ein Bündnis aus mehr als 80 Organisationen. Diese setzten sich unter anderem aus Bürgerrechtsgruppen, die Gewerkschaft Ver.di, der Chaos Computerclub, linken Initiativen und Gruppen, sowie die Parteien Linke, Grüne und die Piratenpartei. Die Auftaktkundgebung begann am frühen Nachmittag am Alexanderplatz mit zahlreichen Reden und Live-Musik. Später zogen die Demonstranten über die Alexanderstraße zum Hackeschen Markt zurück zum Alexanderplatz. Dort wurde die Demonstration nach einer Abschlusskundgebung am frühen Abend beendet. Die Demonstration verlief friedlich und ohne besondere Zwischenfälle.

Es war die erste große Demonstration seit der NSA-Affäre, die sich gegen die Ausspähung von Daten durch staatliche Behörden und Geheimdienste richtete. Die Enthüllungen des Whistleblower und ehemaligen Geheimdienstmitarbeiter Edward Snowden gaben tiefe Einblicke in das Ausmaß der weltweiten Überwachungs- und Spionagepraktiken von US-Diensten und lösten so die aktuelle Überwachungs- und Spionageaffäre und Debatte aus.

Seit mehreren Monaten werden immer neue pikante Details über die massive Internetüberwachung bekannt, an dem vor allem die US-amerikanische National Security Agency (NSA) und die britische Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) beteiligt sind. Hierzu verwendeten die Geheimdienste diverse Entschlüsselungstechniken, wie z.B. PRISM. Dieses ist ein Überwachungswerkzeug der NSA, über das Geheimdienste unter anderem auf Personendaten großer IT-Firmen zugreifen können.

Bei den Kundgebungen riefen mehrere Redner dazu auf, die aktuelle Bundesregierung abzuwählen. Die Rednet kritisierten dabei heftig die Bundesregierung, die auch ihrer Sicht völlig untätig geblieben sind und die sog. NSA-Affäre "per Ministerialdekret für beendet" erklärt wurde. Im Mittelpunkt der Kritik stehen Bundesminister Ronald Pofalla, Bundesinnenminister Hans-Peter Friedrich und die Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel.

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Alle Verstöße werden geahndet und rechtlich verfolgt!

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Freiheit statt Angst 2013 – 07.09.2013 – Berlin – IMN_8960
berlin polizei twitter
Image by PM Cheung
Rund 20.000 Menschen haben am 07.09.2013 in Berlin für mehr Datenschutz und Rechte im Internet protestiert. Der Protest richtete sich vor allem gegen die Überwachung im Internet, behördlichen Sammelwut und Datenausspähung. Überschattet wurden die Proteste von der aktuellen Debatte um Edward Snowden und den Geheimdienst NSA. Zu der Demonstration hatte ein sehr breites Bündnis aus Gewerkschaften, Initiativen und Parteien wie die Grünen, die Linkspartei, die FDP und die Piratenpartei aufgerufen. Die Demonstration verlief friedlich und ohne Zwischenfälle.

Unter dem Motto "Freiheit statt Angst" haben am 07. September 2013 rund 20.000 Menschen in Berlin-Mitte gegen die Überwachung durch Geheimdienste, Behörden und Firmen protestiert. Auf zahlreichen Schildern und Transparente wurde die massenhafte Datenausspähung im Netz und den Einsatz staatlicher Überwachungsprogramme kritisiert. Dabei forderten die Demonstranten mehr Datenschutz, freies Internet sowie einen politischen Wechsel.

Zu den Protesten aufgerufen, hatte ein Bündnis aus mehr als 80 Organisationen. Diese setzten sich unter anderem aus Bürgerrechtsgruppen, die Gewerkschaft Ver.di, der Chaos Computerclub, linken Initiativen und Gruppen, sowie die Parteien Linke, Grüne und die Piratenpartei. Die Auftaktkundgebung begann am frühen Nachmittag am Alexanderplatz mit zahlreichen Reden und Live-Musik. Später zogen die Demonstranten über die Alexanderstraße zum Hackeschen Markt zurück zum Alexanderplatz. Dort wurde die Demonstration nach einer Abschlusskundgebung am frühen Abend beendet. Die Demonstration verlief friedlich und ohne besondere Zwischenfälle.

Es war die erste große Demonstration seit der NSA-Affäre, die sich gegen die Ausspähung von Daten durch staatliche Behörden und Geheimdienste richtete. Die Enthüllungen des Whistleblower und ehemaligen Geheimdienstmitarbeiter Edward Snowden gaben tiefe Einblicke in das Ausmaß der weltweiten Überwachungs- und Spionagepraktiken von US-Diensten und lösten so die aktuelle Überwachungs- und Spionageaffäre und Debatte aus.

Seit mehreren Monaten werden immer neue pikante Details über die massive Internetüberwachung bekannt, an dem vor allem die US-amerikanische National Security Agency (NSA) und die britische Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) beteiligt sind. Hierzu verwendeten die Geheimdienste diverse Entschlüsselungstechniken, wie z.B. PRISM. Dieses ist ein Überwachungswerkzeug der NSA, über das Geheimdienste unter anderem auf Personendaten großer IT-Firmen zugreifen können.

Bei den Kundgebungen riefen mehrere Redner dazu auf, die aktuelle Bundesregierung abzuwählen. Die Rednet kritisierten dabei heftig die Bundesregierung, die auch ihrer Sicht völlig untätig geblieben sind und die sog. NSA-Affäre "per Ministerialdekret für beendet" erklärt wurde. Im Mittelpunkt der Kritik stehen Bundesminister Ronald Pofalla, Bundesinnenminister Hans-Peter Friedrich und die Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel.

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Oury Jalloh – Das war Mord
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Image by Libertinus
"Killed by the german police"

Mal Élevé vom Irie Révoltés wurde am 1 Mai in Berlin von der Polizei über 20 Minuten lang festg.

La democracia alemana

Varias personas fueron detenidas durante el primero de mayo solamente por sus estampados en camisetas.

Ejemplo de esto: Mal Eleve, cantante de la conocida banda franco-alemana "Irie Revoltes" fue detenido e investigado por más de 20 minutos por portar una camiseta en memoria de Oury Jalloh, joven inmigrante muerto en una comisaria en Dessau, Alemania.

La camiseta decía en la parte de atrás "Asesinados por la policía alemana" con el listado de las últimas víctimas. Tal inscripción está prohibida al acusar a la policía de crímenes aun bajo juicio.

Otros motivos, como la famosa palabra ACAB también fue prohibida obligando a las personas a dar vuelta la camiseta ocultado la leyenda.,

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Nice Spliff Berlin photos

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congraTALY! ciao ciao tschland!
Spliff Berlin
Image by pixelroiber
the original

do you remember:

Io voglio viaggiare in Italia in paese dei limoni
Brigade Rosse e la Mafia cacciano suIla Strada del Sol.
Distruzione della Lira Gelati Motta con brio,
Tecco mecco con ragazza ecco la mamma de amore mio.
Sentimento grandioso per Italia baciato da sole caIda
borsellino e vuoto totale percio mangio sempre solo.

Spaghetti – Carbonara – e una Coca Cola,
Carbonara – e una Coca Cola,
Carbonara – e una Coca Cola

[spliff]

Go see the showwww!! Stencil History X
Spliff Berlin
Image by bwrahbwrah jonguh
C215 – Stencil History X

Opening Reception / Vernissage: February 13th 2009
The French stencil artist C215 and the Stencil History X Tour comes to Berlin on the 13th of February 2009. For the very first time, more than 140 stencil artworks will be displayed in a double show at the Intoxicated Demons Gallery and the Berlin ATM Gallery.

C215 (FR) – JEF AEROSOL (FR) – YZ OPEN YOUR EYES (FR) – SADHU (FR) SPLIFF GACHETTE (FR) – EPSYLON POINT (FR) PIXAL PARAZIT (FR) ARTISTE-OUVRIER (FR) – MEFEE (FR) – JOE LURATO (US) – NAZZA (ARG) – KOLESZAR (US) – BROKEN CROW (US) – ALTO*CONTRASTE (BR) – ASBOluv (UK) – DNM (AUT) – IAMDOOM (NLD) – BTOY (SP) – MONSTFUR (POL) LUCAMALEONTE (IT) – ORTICANOODLES (IT) – LECKOmio (GER) – M-CITY (POL) – CSZARNOBYL (GER) – EVOL (GER) PISA 73 (GER)

www.myspace.com/stencilhistoryx
www.flickr.com/stencilhistoryx

www.myspace.com/c215
www.flickr.com/c215
www.youtube.com/christianguemy

INTOXICATED DEMONS GALLERY
Naunynstrasse 46
D-10999 Berlin
Germany
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 2pm to 8pm
www.intoxicated-demons.com/

ATM GALLERY BERLIN
Brunnenstrasse 24
D- 10119 Berlin
Germany
Opening hours :
Tuesday to Satruday from 12pm to 7pm
www.atmberlin.de

Spliff Star
Spliff Berlin
Image by svenwerk
Spliff Star performing together with Busta Rhymes live at Columbia Halle, Berlin (Germany)
April 4, 2007

More photos of this concert at www.meinberlin.de/nachrichten_und_aktuelles/46256.html.

( www.bustarhymes.com/ )

Nice Tourist Information Berlin Mitte photos

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Holocaust exhibit #7
tourist information berlin mitte
Image by Ed Yourdon
The Holocaust exhibit, officially known as the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” (”Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas” in German), is a memorial in the center of Berlin dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists of a 4.7-acre site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The slabs are 7 ft 10 in long, 3 ft 1 in wide, and they vary in height from 7.9 in to 15 ft 9.0 in. They are organized in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west—at right angles but set slightly askew. An attached underground "Place of Information" holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims. Building of the exhibit began on April 1, 2003, and was finished on December 15, 2004. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II and opened to the public two days later. It is located one block south of the Brandenburg Gate.

I had never heard of the exhibit before I arrived; and because I am neither Jewish nor German, I had no idea what to expect. But I can tell you that it is one of the most somber, powerful, and moving exhibits I have ever seen. It was difficult for me to photograph — not because of any technical complexities, but because I had a difficult time keeping my hands from shaking as I took the photos.

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For the final few days of our vacation, we traveled by air from Amsterdam to Berlin — and spent about four days in the “Mitte” section of the city, quite close to what was once the dividing line between East and West Berlin; indeed, our hotel was technically in East Berlin.

We spent the first afternoon wandering around the local area, partly to see the infamous “Checkpoint Charlie” (just a few blocks from our hotel), and partly to get a sense of the buildings, the people, and the overall “look and feel” of the city. Since I spend much of my time focusing on “street photography” in New York, I did the same thing here … and aside from the German language that you’ll see on a few of the signposts, the people look much the same as they do in any other big city.

I did get a few photos of the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Exhibition, and some video clips from inside the TierGarten (which I’ll upload in the next few days). I also took quite a few photos of some “street art” that was created on one of the few remaining sections of the old Berlin Wall; these two will be uploaded in the next few days.

We took a driving tour around the city one morning, including a quick circle around the old 1936 Olympic Stadium; we also had lunch in a fancy restaurant atop the old Reichstag Building, which is now (as I understand it) the home of the German legislature. But I certainly don’t feel that I saw very much of the entire city; it would be like making a whirlwind tour around a few parts of Manhattan, and then trying to claim that you’ve seen all of New York City.

As a child of the Cold War (and having been born exactly one year befor the day that Hitler committed suicide), I have always been intrigued by Berlin — and would love to go back several more times to see more of the neighborhoods, the culture, and the people. I don’t think I would ever claim to “know” Berlin in any complete sense; indeed, I don’t even feel that way about New York, after living here for 45+ years. But I could certainly learn a lot more, and I found it sufficiently interesting that I would like to learn more…

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During the first two weeks of September 2015, we took a river cruise down the Rhine River, and wrapped up the trip with a few days in Berlin. This Flickr album contains various photos from that trip …

We spent the first couple days recovering from jet-lag in Interlaken, Switzerland. This is the site of the Jungfrau and various other spectacular peaks in the Alps range — but it was so foggy that we could hardly see anything. I’ve included a couple of videos of a tram ride down the mountain, as well as some paraglider who floated down into the town park.

We then traveled to Bern, where we got on-board a Viking Cruise ship that headed north for the next several days — eventually arriving in Amsterdam, after making stops nearly every day to see ancient castles and fortresses, as well as various villages and small towns that have survived various wars, tyrants, and regimes for well over a thousand years.

From our final cruise destination in Amsterdam, we flew to Berlin — where we spent a few days at a very nice hotel that turned out to be in what was once East Berlin. Indeed, the separation between East and West Berlin, once so obvious and important, is now almost impossible for a visitor to spot. Except for some rubble, and a few small mementoes (like Checkpoint Charlie, a few blocks from our hotel), there is no obvious difference between East and West from pre-1989 days.

Holocaust exhibit #5
tourist information berlin mitte
Image by Ed Yourdon
The Holocaust exhibit, officially known as the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” (”Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas” in German), is a memorial in the center of Berlin dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists of a 4.7-acre site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The slabs are 7 ft 10 in long, 3 ft 1 in wide, and they vary in height from 7.9 in to 15 ft 9.0 in. They are organized in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west—at right angles but set slightly askew. An attached underground "Place of Information" holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims. Building of the exhibit began on April 1, 2003, and was finished on December 15, 2004. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II and opened to the public two days later. It is located one block south of the Brandenburg Gate.

I had never heard of the exhibit before I arrived; and because I am neither Jewish nor German, I had no idea what to expect. But I can tell you that it is one of the most somber, powerful, and moving exhibits I have ever seen. It was difficult for me to photograph — not because of any technical complexities, but because I had a difficult time keeping my hands from shaking as I took the photos.

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For the final few days of our vacation, we traveled by air from Amsterdam to Berlin — and spent about four days in the “Mitte” section of the city, quite close to what was once the dividing line between East and West Berlin; indeed, our hotel was technically in East Berlin.

We spent the first afternoon wandering around the local area, partly to see the infamous “Checkpoint Charlie” (just a few blocks from our hotel), and partly to get a sense of the buildings, the people, and the overall “look and feel” of the city. Since I spend much of my time focusing on “street photography” in New York, I did the same thing here … and aside from the German language that you’ll see on a few of the signposts, the people look much the same as they do in any other big city.

I did get a few photos of the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Exhibition, and some video clips from inside the TierGarten (which I’ll upload in the next few days). I also took quite a few photos of some “street art” that was created on one of the few remaining sections of the old Berlin Wall; these two will be uploaded in the next few days.

We took a driving tour around the city one morning, including a quick circle around the old 1936 Olympic Stadium; we also had lunch in a fancy restaurant atop the old Reichstag Building, which is now (as I understand it) the home of the German legislature. But I certainly don’t feel that I saw very much of the entire city; it would be like making a whirlwind tour around a few parts of Manhattan, and then trying to claim that you’ve seen all of New York City.

As a child of the Cold War (and having been born exactly one year befor the day that Hitler committed suicide), I have always been intrigued by Berlin — and would love to go back several more times to see more of the neighborhoods, the culture, and the people. I don’t think I would ever claim to “know” Berlin in any complete sense; indeed, I don’t even feel that way about New York, after living here for 45+ years. But I could certainly learn a lot more, and I found it sufficiently interesting that I would like to learn more…

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During the first two weeks of September 2015, we took a river cruise down the Rhine River, and wrapped up the trip with a few days in Berlin. This Flickr album contains various photos from that trip …

We spent the first couple days recovering from jet-lag in Interlaken, Switzerland. This is the site of the Jungfrau and various other spectacular peaks in the Alps range — but it was so foggy that we could hardly see anything. I’ve included a couple of videos of a tram ride down the mountain, as well as some paraglider who floated down into the town park.

We then traveled to Bern, where we got on-board a Viking Cruise ship that headed north for the next several days — eventually arriving in Amsterdam, after making stops nearly every day to see ancient castles and fortresses, as well as various villages and small towns that have survived various wars, tyrants, and regimes for well over a thousand years.

From our final cruise destination in Amsterdam, we flew to Berlin — where we spent a few days at a very nice hotel that turned out to be in what was once East Berlin. Indeed, the separation between East and West Berlin, once so obvious and important, is now almost impossible for a visitor to spot. Except for some rubble, and a few small mementoes (like Checkpoint Charlie, a few blocks from our hotel), there is no obvious difference between East and West from pre-1989 days.