NIGHTS AT THE “CAFE NATIONAL”

The Galarie Lafayette in Berlin seems larger than the one in Paris!

KREUZBERGED: BERLIN COMPANION

Cafe National, Friedrichstraße 76 in Berlin-Mitte.

“Cafe National” on the corner of Friedrichstraße No. 76 and Jägerstraße in Berlin-Mitte (quite obviously a collage, which explains an amusing proportion-ratio between various objects).

The place was once famous as the “largest billiard club in Berlin” (posters in the upper-floor windows bear witness to that) and in the 1920s became a favourite address for the Friedrichstraße prostitutes working between this street and Leipziger Straße to come, warm up and have some rest.

They particularly enjoyed the four Venetian glass mosaics decorating the walls: designed by Wiener, they symbolised four different nations and were made for the cafe by Dr. Salviati, a renown mosaic-maker whose own shop was located at No. 149.

The building were the cafe was located was destroyed during the Second World War – the site houses a large department store,”Galerie Lafayette”, now.

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