St. Peter's Church

Wolgast, Germany

The first churches on site of St. Peter's Church were built during the Middle Ages (1128-1369), with famous church leader Bishop Otto von Bamberg resident in 1128, with services and baptisms being held in Wolgast. von Bamberg ordered the razing of the Pagan temple on the site and the construction of the first church, which is thought to have been comprised of wooden polls. With the conferral of a town charter by nearby power Lübeck in 1282, this church was replaced by a Brick Gothic hall church. Over the course of two centuries, between 1369 and 1554, this second St. Peter's was replaced by a third church bearing the same name, built as a court church for the Duchy in a three-aisled Brick Gothic form, complete with ambulatory and inner apse. Just before the end of the ongoing construction, the main aisle was extended west from the upper bay.

In the first half of the 15th century, the side aisles were installed and parts of the wall of former church were incorporated into the building. In the last quarter of the 15th century, two side chapels were added to the building's southern wing, only to be followed shortly thereafter by the Danish pillaging of the town.

History has not been kind to St. Peter's. in 1713, Tsar Peter I of Russia ordered the destruction of the town; St. Peter's was almost completely burnt to the ground, except for the southern side aisle and both southern chapels. The collapsed tower destroyed all the buildings vaulting apart from those in the remains of the church. The church was energetically rebuilt in the years thereafter, with the upper part of the spire rebuilt in an ortagonal form; a slanted roof complete with lighting and a peak was added in the later work.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Birger og Inge-Lise Særkjær (18 months ago)
Stor flot kirke
Andrea Fensch (19 months ago)
Der Kirchturm ist toll, die Malereien in der Kirche und in der
Anke Roggow (19 months ago)
Wir waren zum Weihnachtsgottesdienst um 22.00 Uhr dort. Die Kirche wurde gerade vorher renoviert. Das helle Kirchenschiff gefiel mir sehr gut. Auch die Lampen waren neu. Elektrische Sitzkissen waren bei der Kälte ebenfalls sehr angenehm. Die Predigt hat mir sehr gut gefallen und die ganze Atmosphäre war sehr weihnachtlich.
Reinh.K.M. Duderstädter (2 years ago)
Noch in der Restaurierung, aber jetzt schon beeindruckend. Auf den Bildern an den Außenwänden ist der Tod als "Lebensbegleiter" sehr eindrucksvoll, ja bedrohlich dargestellt. In der damaligen Zeit sicherlich Furcht einflößend. So wurden Menschen gefügig gemacht von der Kirche.
Alfi Gehherst (2 years ago)
August 2018, im Augenblick wird die Kirche saniert. Ein schönes, großes Gotteshaus. Die Turmbesteigung geht auch in der Sanierungsphase einwandfrei! Toller Ausblick auf die ganze Gegend. Atemberaubend! Top!
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