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Gendarmenmarkt is considered by many to be Berlin's prettiest square. Flanked by the twin churches of Deutscher Dom
and Französischer Dom
, the square is crowned by Schinkel's neoclassical masterpiece, the Konzerthaus
. The name of the square comes from the 'Soldier King' Frederick William I, who housed his cavalry (gens d'arms
) here in the early 18th Century. The Französischer Dom (French cathedral) offered refuge to the French Huguenot community who fled to Prussia to escape persecution in 18th-century France. The ground floor now houses a museum
, while the dome offers fantastic panoramic views over the city.