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Gendarmenmarket, Berlin Overview

One of the most beautiful squares in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarket is surrounded by the French Cathedral, German Cathedral and the Konzerthaus.

Initially, when the square was built, French immigrants settled here. Called the Esplanade, Linde Market, New Market etc over the years, Gendarmenmarkt got its name from the guards and stables of the guards, gene d'armes, that were stationed here. The square stands for harmony, with the French as well as the German Cathedral. The French Friedrichstadtkirche or Cathedral was built for the French Protestants (Hueguenots) who fled to Berlin. The German Cathedral was built by Giovanni Si-monetti, emerging from a simple church. Both these buildings suffered damages during the war and was restored eventually. The Konzerthaus or the Concert Hall was built on the foundations of the National Theatre, in a Neo-Baroque style.

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