St. Mary's Church

Prenzlau, Germany

St. Mary's, the chief parish church in Prenzlau, is a High Brick Gothic building with a three-aisled hall and three polythagonal chapels on the church's eastern site. St. Mary's dual towers dwarf the town; the legendary gables featuring elaborate tracery are worthy of a cathedral. Excavations have shown that this replaced an earlier church on the site (1235-1250), a vaulted three aisled hall church with a transept and an elongated right-angled ambulatory built from loose fieldstone.

The church was almost completely destroyed in April 1945, with a fire destroying all but the enclosure wall. However, the church's Arcardian pillars featuring rounded arches and (most importantly!) the ornate gables and elaborate tracery on the eastern side of the building survived the fire. Construction work aimed at rebuilding the church as been underway since 1970; the artistic decoration in the church's interior is currently being restored. Despite the ongoing work, the church is home to large concerts that bring together the architectural appreciation of the unique heritage site with the pleasure afforded by live music.



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Founded: 1235-1250
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Jana Holzer (2 years ago)
Immer wieder imposant
Klaus Peter Hasenbein (2 years ago)
Sehr schön das Wahrzeichen der Uckermark !
David Dittrich (2 years ago)
Schöne große Kirche mit jeder Menge zu Sehen.
Suidan Suidan (3 years ago)
Jürgen Brockmeier (3 years ago)
Sehr beeindruckend von innen, mit den Steinsäulen in der Halle (B55m, L28m, H43m), und außen, mit der Fassade. Eintritt 2 Euro pro Person, die wir gern übrig hatten. Besichtigung und Aufstieg auf die Türme (64 und 68 Meter) ist möglich und bietet einen sehr guten Rundblick.
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