The following should provide a brief overview of the history of Charité.
For a more detailed account of our history, please consult the relevant pages that have been provided for the different campuses.

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  • 1710: Establishment of quarantine facilities for plague victims just outside Berlin's city limits
  • 1727: Expansion to a military hospital with educational training centre. Friedrich Wilhelm I. names the new building the "Charité"
  • 1785 – 1797: New construction on the Charité
  • 1810: Establishment of the Berlin University with medical faculty
  • 1818: Conversion of a former colour factory to the University Clinic (Universitätsklinikum) Ziegelstraße
  • 1896 – 1917: New construction of the Charité with red brick
  • 1906: Opening of the Rudolf Virchow Hospital
  • 1933 – 1945: Expulsion of Jewish researchers; destruction due to war damages
  • 1945 onward: Reconstruction of the Charité
  • 1946 – 1989: The Charité serves as the most prestigious institute of the GDR
  • 1997/1998: Merger of the medical faculty of the Humboldt Universität with the Virchow-Klinikum of the Freie Universität to form the "Universitätsklinikum Charité, Medizinische Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin".
  • 2003: As a result of the merger of the Charité with the "Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin" of the Freie Universität, the "Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin" becomes a [member corporation] of both universities and, thus, one of the largest clinics in Europe.