View of the Gendarmenmarkt with the damaged theater (1821) (left) and the French Cathedral. In the foreground are the hulks of military vehicles. Built in 1688, the Gendarmenmarkt was originally intended as a marketplace. At first, it was called Linden Market and later Friedrichstadt or New Market. Its present name derives from the stables of the armored cuirassier regiment – the “Gen d’armes” – that the "Soldier-King" Friedrich Wilhelm I (1688-1740) had erected there in 1735.
Berlin, 1945. Print from original negative.