Der Tempelbrand - Frankfurt Main 2019


One night in 2017 the Chinese Pavilion in Frankfurt went up in flames. Using accelerant, someone torched it in the early morning.

Workers and construction material from China built the garden in 1989.

After remaining two years closed off, the reconstruction of the pavilion was scheduled for 2019. The reconstruction had been again performed by architectural specialists and Chinese craftsmen.

The old name Garten des himmlischen Friedens (engl. Garden of Heavenly Peace) was kept, even though Chinese diplomats unsuccessfully tried to change it.




Arson is a special form of vandalism. It is neither performed spontaneously nor does it require direct physical exertion.

2017 arson took place in Frankfurt more often than before: first in the Korean Garden, exactly one month later in the Chinese Garden, another month later an observation tower in the nearby Taunus mountains and in October Frankfurt’s very famous Goethe Turm went up in flames. Also in 2017, a wooden house at the river Main, a school and a kindergarten were set on fire, too.

The local police suspects a connection between these crimes, but couldn't find out who the arsonist is.

Most probably, these criminal acts were neither performed for protest nor radical political nor religious reasons.