St. Nicholas' Church

Wismar, Germany

St. Nicholas' Church stands besides one of Germany's oldest manmade waterways, the Frischen Grube, and was dedicated as the church for sailors and fishermen. The 37m high nave is almost the height of the Marienkirche in Lübeck. The protruding northern and southern vestibules that resemble the arms of a transept are also a particular feature of the church. The lavishly adorned southern gable takes a special place in art of brick construction due to its wealth of glazed figured bricks. From St. Nikolai's medieval interior decoration survives a late-thirteenthcentury granite baptismal font and a maritime altarpiece made in the early nineteenthcentury, but the church's interior is chiefly characterized by completely preserved baroque furnishings.

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Founded: 1381-1460
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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www.wismar.de

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Uli Buff (2 years ago)
Etwas für Liebhaber der Geschichte und der Hanse. Man sollte sich mindestens zwei Stunden Zeit nehmen. Typischer hanseatischer Kirchenbau. Sehr gut erklärt. Das besondere ist der Erhaltungszustand. Die Zeit der Bilderstürmer hat diesem Bauwerk nichts angetan. Die Reformation brachte lediglich den Wechsel von katholisch zu evangelisch. Der Grund für das Nichtplündern ist einfach erklärt. In den Hansestädten war die Kirche für das Bauwerk verantwortlich. Die Ausgestaltung oblag den Bürgern der Stadt. Das erklärt die Erhaltung aller Schätze im Inneren der Kirche. Wer ein wenig Wissen mitbringt, kann mit einem erklärenden Rundgang jedes Kind begeistern. Immer wieder gern.
Hendrik Boje (3 years ago)
Impressiv!
reaz saleheen (3 years ago)
Nice
SACHIT VARMA (4 years ago)
A very beautiful church of St. Nicholas. Jut 5 minutes away from the main station and 10 minutes from the port harbour. This church is one of the main tourist attractions of Wismar. It has the same neo-gothic architecture built up in red stone. Inside you can find printed guides in English and German to have a read while you walk around. Has a small souvenir and postcard kiosk inside the church itself.
Tim McGonegle (6 years ago)
Beautiful lofty church with modern brutalist artwork. I prefer the historical aspects more than the modern additions.
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