History

The St. Hedwig's Church has been constructed on request of the parishioners and on request and with the approval of Frederick II. of Prussia (Friedrich der Große). It was he who donated the building ground, including the foundations of a former bastion, the „Wittgensteinsches“ Bollwerk, to the catholics of Berlin.

The pediment inscription may illustrate this:

FEDERICI REGIS CLEMENTIAE MONUMENTUM S(anctae) HEDWIGI S(acrum) A.M. QUIRINUS S(anctae) R(omanae) E(cclesiae) CARD(inalis) SUO AERE PERFECIT

Translated from Latin it reads:

The monument, erected due to the kindness of King Frederick and dedicated to Saint Hedwig, has been completed by the Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Angelo Maria Quirini  at his own expense.

Construction planning: Johann Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff and his office after sketches by Frederick II of Prussia (Friedrich II).

Execution of construction work: Johann Boumann (the elder)
 


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