Here’s some context:
The Schloss is in the foreground and the Dom behind. In the old days, the Schloss was the Kaiser’s nerve centre; in WWII it took (like pretty well all of Berlin) severe bomb damage. The DDR government, which had little use for the Prussian monarchical heritage, deemed that it couldn’t be repaired, and put up the Palast der Republik; Lauren tells me she visited it at least once, pre-1989.
It was found to have severe asbestos contamination and is currently being taken down; “Dismantled, not demolished” say the billboards in German and English too. The process is visually dramatic.
You can’t go inside it any more, but you can go into the Dom; you have to pay, which rankles a bit. I love ecclesiastical architecture, largely as a consequence, I think, as a result of having been dragged through lots of it as a kid because my parents did too. So now I’m dragging mine.
Bazaars are good but cathedrals are nice too. Hard to photograph from the inside though, and capture a sense of scale.