A new sacred building is coming up with the aim of bringing Christians, Jews, and Muslims to a single place of worship.
Called the House of One or, colloquially, Churmosquagogue, it incorporates a church, a mosque, and a synagogue.
The House of One is coming up on the site of the old St Peter’s Church, which was damaged in World War II and completely demolished by the government of East Germany in 1964.
The people who come here will remain true to their own religion, continue to draw from its power, and engage in peaceable dialogue with one another and with members of the city’s secular population.
The original idea came from the Protestant church community, St. Petri-St. Marien, which then joined forces with the Jewish community of Berlin, the rabbinical seminary Abraham-Geiger-Kolleg and the Muslim initiative for dialogue Forum Dialog e.V.
The Churmosquagogue has been 10 years in the planning and construction is estimated to take four years.
A campaign was launched around Christmas last year to raise the remaining funds. In 2012, a competition was launched for architects from around the world to design the one-of-a-kind building, something that no one had ever attempted before.