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Auditorium (Konzerthaus)

Auditorium (Konzerthaus) (7C)

In the middle of the two churches is the ´Shauspielhaus`, more commonly known as the ´Konzerthaus`, a concert hall and the newest building to make up the Gendarmenmarkt landscape. 

It was built in 1821 by Schinkel and is an excellent example of romantic classicism in Germany. It was constructed on top of the ruins of the old National Theatre of Langhans, which was destroyed in a fire in 1817. 

During the Second World War it was also badly damaged, but came to be rebuilt in 1984 which enhanced its presence and also gave the building a new function: it ceased to be a theatre and became a concert hall. In fact, it is the headquarters of the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, formerly known as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. 

The building is made up of three levels, a spectacular staircase, a jonick portico and a pediment crowned by figures of Tieck. 

This really is a magnificent building both from inside and out, and is well worth visiting, especially if you have the opportunity to attend a concert or go on a guided tour. 

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