St. Lorenz Church

Nuremberg, Germany

St. Lorenz (St. Lawrence) is a medieval church of the former free imperial city of Nuremberg. The nave of the church was completed by around . In 1439, work began on the choir in the form of a hall church in the late German sondergotik style of gothic architecture. The choir was largely completed by 1477 by Konrad Roriczer, although Jakob Grimm completed the intricate vaults.

In the choir one can find the carving of the Angelic Salutation by Veit Stoss, and the monumental tabernacle by Adam Kraft. The latter is notable for including a prominent figure of the sculptor himself.

The building and furnishing of the church was from the city council and wealthy citizens. This is probably the reason that the art treasures of St. Lawrence were spared during the iconoclasm during the Reformation period. Despite St. Lawrence being one of the first churches in Germany to be Lutheran (1525), the wealthy citizens of Nuremberg wanted to preserve the memory of their ancestors and refused the removal of the donated works of art.

The west facade is articulated richly reflecting the wealth of the Nuremberg citizens. The facade is dominated by the two towers, mirroring St. Sebald and indirectly Bamberg Cathedral with a sharp towering West portal doorway, and a well-indented rose window 9 metres in diameter.

The church was badly damaged during the Second World War and later restored. It is one of the most prominent churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria.



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Founded: 1400
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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Andreea Dedea (6 months ago)
An absolute gem! Its historical significance and breathtaking architecture make it a must-visit. It was reconstructed after the war. For enthusiasts of history and architecture, this church stands out as an amazing and positive destination.
Tak Wong (6 months ago)
Apart from visiting the historical scenic view here, there are quite many street performances which are very talented. Should spare times to enjoy cos not easy for the performers to prepare ?? admire they make efforts to earn their livings in this way
Nils Paellmann (7 months ago)
Beautiful church with a treasure trove of artworks inside. The choir in the style of the German Sondergotik is particularly impressive. The choir also includes Veit Stoss' famous Angelic Salutation and the equally famous tabernacle by Adam Kraft. Many fascinating altars and statues.
Fred T (10 months ago)
An absolutely beautiful church in an extraordinary city. As kind of an architecture and history buff visiting this site was a treat for both of those unique passions. As it was a weekend it was a little more crowded to enter than it would have been had I gone earlier in the week; but still well worth the wait.
david antoun (10 months ago)
Gothic cathedral built between 1250 and 1470 with finishing elements in the Hall. reconstructed after the war. width 30m length 90m, many Gothic sculptures can be seen inside and outside.a must visit.
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