Queen Louise Church

  Pr. Pobedy 1     more than a year ago
The Luisenkirche (Queen Louise Church) was built in the years 1899-1901 to serve the Lutheran congregation in the districts of Amalienau, Mittelhuden and Vorderhufen. It was consecrated on September 9, 1901 and named after the popular Prussian Queen Luise, wife of King Friederich Wilhelm III. The Queen had died young nearly a century earlier, but was beloved among many Germans for her generosity and compassion as well as being revered as the ‘soul of natural virtue’ for her attempts to save her nation by pleading personally to Napoleon following the French Emperor’s crushing defeat of Prussia in 1807. The eminent historian Sir Christopher Clark wrote of Luise in his award-winning ‘Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947’ that she was ‘a female celebrity who in the mind of the public combined virtue, modesty, and sovereign grace with kindness and sex appeal, and whose early death in 1810 at the age of only thirty-four preserved her youth in the memory of posterity.’ It seems that Luise enjoyed a particularly strong following in Königsberg thanks to her favourable opinion of the city and she had used the manor house that formerly stood on the park as her summer residence in the years before her death.

The church was financed by private donations from wealthy Königsberg residents and designed by architects Franz Krah and Friedrich Heitmann. Heavily damaged during World War, the remains of the church were set to be pulled down in the 1960s before architect Yuri Vaganov convinced officials it could be rebuilt as a puppet theatre, a role it continues to serve today. The building has therefore been rebuilt to look much like it did before WWII while the interior has been completely remodelled.


Open 10:00-17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu.


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