Berliner Moschee
Berlin, Germany
The Berlin Mosque is the oldest currently extant mosque in Germany.  According to Gerdien Jonker, there are very few traces of any Muslim presence in Germany prior to the 20th century, and the first mosque in the country was a wooden structure built outside of Berlin by Muslim prisoners of war during the First World War.  It was demolished in 1923.1

By that time the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam had already began planning a mosque, having dispatched Hazrat Maulana Sadr-ud-Din Maulvi Abdul Majid M.A. to Germany.  Land was purchased in July 1923, and construction began in 1924 on a mosque designed by KA Herrmann in the Mughal style, a "Mini Taj Mahal," with a neighboring house serving as a residence for the imam.  The mosque is built on a square foundation, 14.17 x 14.17 m, and a central dome with a height of approximately 23 m, and two minarets each approximately 27.4 m high. The Imam's house is a two-story villa.  At the end of World War II German machine gunners took up positions in the minarets, and were fired on by Russian forces.  The minarets and dome were badly damaged.

The mosque was restored with funds from the Berlin Monuments Department and the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement and reopened in 1952. The mosque has been a registered historic building since 1993. Renovations were carried out in two phases, the first in 1995 the second in 1996, Juegren Lampaitl was the architect. 

--Michael A. Toler, Archnet Content Manager
June 2015

NOTES:
1. Gerdien Jonker, "The Mevlana Mosque in Berlin-Kreuzberg: An Unsolved Conflict." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 31, no. 6 (2005): 1067-068.

SOURCES:
Ahmad, Nasir. Die Berliner Moschee, 2015. Accessed May 14, 2015. http://www.aaiil.org/german/historyofberlin/90thanniversaryofBerlinMosque.pdf.

"Ahmadiyya Mosque (Berlin-Wilmersdorf, 1928) | Structurae." Structurae. Accessed May 14, 2015. http://en.structurae.de/structures/ahmadiyya-mosque.

"Berlin Mosque Survives Second World War." Berlin Mosque Survives World War 2. Accessed May 14, 2015. http://berlin.ahmadiyya.org/ber50.htm.

Jonker, Gerdien. "The Mevlana Mosque in Berlin-Kreuzberg: An Unsolved Conflict." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 31, no. 6 (2005): 1067-081. doi:10.1080/13691830500282683.

"Reports of Renovation Work at the Berlin Mosque." Reports of Renovation Work at the Berlin Mosque. Accessed May 14, 2015. http://www.muslim.org/activities/berlin/index.htm.


Location
Brienner Str. 9, Berlin, Germany
Images & Videos
Site Contains
Associated Collections
Events
1995-1997/1416-1418 AH restoration
1945-1949/1364-1368 AH restoration
1924-1927/1342-1345 AH
Dimensions
200 m2, dome 23 m, minarets 27 m
Variant Names
Berliner Moschee
Berlin Mosque
Berlin Muslim Mission and Mosque
Ahmadiyya Mosque
Wilmersdorf Mosque
Building Usages
mosque
religious
Keywords
restoration and conservation
restorations
conservation