I’m going to post soon some photos I took at the Coventry Cathedral, on Sunday. Being there made me remember the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche, in Berlin, which I visited on May, 2007. The destruction of both temples happened during the Second World War. Two sides of the conflict, these damaged buildings now serve as sad monuments for their losses. I haven’t taken good photos in Berlin, unfortunately, but I can do some comparasions here.
The photos above show that, in Berlin, just the damaged tower was preserved – on images took just after the air raid, it’s possible to see some walls as well, but they were demolished and a new church took place besides the tower. In Coventry, a modern temple was also built, however, the ruined walls remain.
Coventry is, nowadays, a twin-city of Dresden, in Germany. The Herbert (local museum) has a wing about the war history, where the visitors can learn that British and German people helped each other to rebuild both cities after the conflict.
>>> P.S.: Just found out now that the Coventry and Berlin’s churches are closer than I thought. Inside the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche, there’s a cross made with nails in the roof timbers of Coventry Cathedral.