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Spring cleaning for 16,000 glass mosaics in Berlin's historic church hit by WWII air-raids
The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Oct. 22, 2010 in Berlin, before it underwent a much-needed renovation.Andreas Rentz / Getty Images
To restore the original luminance of the windows of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, more than 16,000 glass mosaics are being washed with hot water high-pressure cleaners. The old church, built between 1891 and 1895, was damaged and destroyed during air-raids in 1943. A new church, whose windows are being cleaned now, was constructed between 1959 and 1963 after plans of Egon Eiermann. Parts of the old church were conserved and serve as a war memorial.