Heinersdorf is a locality in the borough of
Pankowin Berlin, Germany.It was first mentioned in a 1319 document when it was sold by Margrave Waldemar of Brandenburg to the Hospital of the Holy Ghost in Berlin. After that it changed its owner several times.In 1920 it was incorporated into Greater Berlin and belonged to the former "Pankow" borough, until in 1985 it was merged with Karow, Blankenburg and Weissensee. These localities belong to Pankow again after Berlin's 2001 administrative reform.
The foundations of the
fieldstone churchwere laid about 1300. It features two stained glass windows by Charles Crodelfrom 1946. Another landmark is the Heinersdorf water tower, which was erected in 1910. Original part of a planned town hall that has never been built, it later served as a Flak towerand as a listening station of the Red Army. Since 1991 the building is abandoned.
Nowadays Heinerdorf is often in the media due to a controversy on the establishment of the Khadija Mosque by the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. [ [http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,1974309,00.html Controversy on the mosque] , www.dw-world.de, Accessed July 24, 2008]
The federal highway ("
Bundesstraße") 109 running along the street "Prenzlauer Promemade" to the A114 "Autobahnzubringer Prenzlau" motorway marks Heinersdorf's western border.
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