Rehabilitation in accordance with the preservation order
The oldest mosque in Germany is being renovated step by step.
The Ahmadiyya Mosque in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, completed in 1928, is considered to be the oldest mosque still preserved in Germany. Its meeting room holds almost 400 visitors and it is located in the Berlin district Wilmersdorf south of today's Fehrbelliner Platz.
The mosque has two minarets, each 35 metres high, and a 26-metre high dome with a diameter of 10 metres, and fascinates with oriental elements whose design language is based on Indian models. The building was erected in the Mughal style and does not follow the European architectural style of that time. However, the building materials and technology are adapted to conventional German solid construction, so that the mosque combines exotic influences and German tradition: brick masonry, wooden beam ceilings and a wooden roof construction are combined with decorative crowns, minarets, strong colours in the interior and ornamental stencilling on walls, door frames and columns.
The architect Karl Alfred Herrmann, about whom only little information is known, was entrusted with the design of an even larger central mosque in Charlottenburg before the planning of the Wilmersdorf mosque, but this could not be realised for financial reasons.
During the Second World War, the minarets, dome and Imam House suffered severe damage. Over the following decades, isolated repairs were carried out, but some of these resulted in major structural damage. From the mid-1990s, the gradual restoration of the complex began, during which, among other things, the two minarets were rebuilt.
With the financial support of the State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments, a first package of measures is currently being implemented.
Since 2014, D:4 has been entrusted with the further renovation of the mosque. Due to necessity, the flat roofs of the dome were first provisionally sealed. With financial support from the Federal Ministry of Culture and the State Office for the Protection of Monuments, the following measures were successfully renovated in the first package:
- Ornamental elements and roof levels
- Waterproofing work at the base of the mosque
- Hull renovation of the mosque
- Mihrab repair
The Lotto Foundation Berlin has been supporting the project since 2020.
Current remediation activities:
- Interior renovation with dome (completed in April 2021)
- Interior renovation with flooring (from June 2021)
From 2022 onwards, the Imam's House is also to be renovated in accordance with the preservation order.
Amir Aziz, Imam of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Mosque community of the Wilmersdorfer Mosque in Berlin, says the following about the cooperation with D:4 regarding the renovation:
"We appreciate the keen interest shown by them in completing the first phase, and the skill and diligence shown by the chief architect and the rest of the staff, who kept a constant watch over the work. They have been holding constant discussions with the imam of the Mosque and the Executive Committee and that has added quality and strength to the renovation work.
The Wilmersdorfer Mosque is pleased about donations for the renovation measures to the following donation account:
AAIIL Deutschland e.V.
DE47 1009 0000 2594 7940 04
Intended use: renovation of mosque