Garnison Kirche - Garrison Church, Potsdam, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 52° 23.734 E 013° 03.429
33U E 367807 N 5806811
Quick Description: Garrison Church Bell Tower
Location: Brandenburg, Germany
Date Posted: 5/22/2009 6:50:50 PM
Waymark Code: WM6EQG
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
Views: 25

Long Description:
In 1732, Prussian King Frederick William I, also known as "The Soldier King" had a massive church built in Potsdam to be used by his elite soldiers. In 1736, a Carillon consisting of 40 bells was installed in the church's bell tower. In 1796, Queen Louise requested her two favorite hymns to be played from the bell tower and for the next 149 years, the Carillon played "Bless the Lord" at the top and "Always be Faithful and True" at the bottom of every hour.

The Carillon became world famous and "Always be Faithful and True" became Prussia's unofficial national anthem.

In the night of April 14/15, 1945, Potsdam was target of a British air raid and firebombs hit the church. For about half an hour, the steeple was on fire while the Carillon kept playing Prussia's favorite song until it fell to the ground with all its bells ringing for a very last time.

Potsdam became part of the Soviet Zone and later East Germany and the church was never rebuilt. But in 1987, West-German soldiers of the Iserlohn Paratroopers Garrison raised the funds to rebuild the Carillon. After German reunification, the soldiers presented the rebuilt Carillon to the town of Potsdam. It now stands at the former location of the church, again playing Prussia's favorite tunes.

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Address of Tower:
Potsdam, Germany

Still Operational: yes

Number of bells in tower?: 40

Relevant website?: [Web Link]

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Tours or visits allowed in tower?: Yes

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