Franziskaner-Klosterkirche
Kunigunde of Poland

The Franziskaner-Klosterkirche ruins in Berlin

The Franziskaner-Klosterkirche was founded in 1250 as a monastery church. It evolved over the years but was closed during the Reformation in 1539. The monastic buildings are gone now but the church continued to evolve. The church was destroyed during the bombing of Berlin on 3 April 1945. The ruins were not secured until 1959 [read more]

Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern

Unidentified coffin in Hohenzollern crypt could contain the bones of Prussian Queen

Casket number 39 was unidentified and thought to be empty. During restorations works in the crypt the casket was opened, and surprisingly bones were found. Could they belong to Prussian Queen Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern? She was buried in the crypt 220 years ago in a simple wooden coffin with silver handles. The Second World [read more]

marble palace
Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Schloss Cecilienhof & The Marble Palace

Schloss Cecilienhof is now perhaps best known as the place of the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Before that, it was the home of Crown Princess Cecilie and Crown Prince William. Construction began in 1914 after the Marble Palace proved inadequate for them. The two palaces are about 1 kilometre apart. Crown Princess Cecilie As you [read more]