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Sustainable church building

The Anglo-German architecture team of Louisa Hutton and Matthias Sauerbruch reinterpreted the basilica of the Protest­ant Immanuel Church in ­Cologne in their new building: wood, light and colour play the main roles and the church inter­ior presents a contemplative appearance. Nevertheless, the building is firmly anchored in the here and now by its sus­tainable design. Sauerbruch Hutton received the 2015 ­German ­Architecture Prize for their church building.

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Modern and visible

Five floors and two 55-metre-high minarets: the new central mosque of the Turkish-Islamic Union (DITIB) in Cologne-Ehrenfeld cannot be overlooked. Designed by Gottfried and Paul Böhm, the modern building is one of roughly 150 classic mosques in Germany. In add­ition, there are some 2,600 other Muslim places of worship. The mosque is scheduled to open ­before the end of 2017; it was first used in June. 
 

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Brilliant messages

Colourful and traditional: the wall paintings in Saint Sava Church in Düsseldorf look as though they have always been here. In fact, however, they were painted by Miroslav Lazovic in 2009. When it was founded in the 1960s, the church was one of the first Serbian-Orthodox ­places of worship outside Serbia. ­Today, approximately 1.5 million Christians in Germany are members of the different Eastern Orthodox Churches.

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New home for hindus

The Hindu goddess Sri Kamadchi has a home in Hamm in Westphalia. In 1989, Tamil refu­gees from Sri Lanka founded a Hindu group here that has meanwhile been recognised as a religious community. The largest Hindu temple in Continental Europe was officially opened in 2002. Many artisans from India worked on the building and its 17-metre-high portal that were designed in strict accordance with ritual guidelines.

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Preserving the old, creating the new

It does not go without saying that there are 105 Jewish communities in Germany today. Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin also burned on the pogrom night of 1938. It was restored in 1953 and modernised in 2007. Today it is Germany’s largest synagogue. Many new synagogue buildings have been constructed since the 1990s because of the immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union.