St. Nicholas Church

Burg auf Fehmarn, Germany

St. Nicholas Church (St. Nikolai Kirche) construction was started around 1230, making the building the second oldest church on the island. The size of the church was increased in 1470 and in 1508 the tower of the church was built.

There is a bronze font in the church which dates from 1391. It is not certain how it arrived at the church, but the casting carried an inscription which records that the font was given by Korp Benno the Bishop of Arosia. Another significant item of the 14th century is a polptych which has fourteen panels today but it is believed to have lost further panels. In addition there is another stone font that was rediscovered when nearby buildings were being built. It has since had a base added, and small restorations have also been made.

Amongst the church's artefacts on display is a large chest that was used for storing the parishioners contributions. After each service the collection bag would be emptied into the chest, but it would only be opened once a year. When it was opened then the funds would be distributed to those in need.



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Founded: c. 1230
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Catrin König (13 months ago)
One of the oldest churches on the island. The start of construction is believed to be in the year 1230. The three-aisled hall church was built in various phases, the last of which was when the tower hood was put on in 1763. In the 19th century there were various renovations, but no major structural changes. Even today there is a traditional cemetery on the site, known as the "Kirchhof".
Big “Big Matze” Matze (2 years ago)
I was amazed to see a protestant, lutheran church so rich in intricate decoration - usually more a Catholic domain. Great architecture and an impressive organ to see. The old cemetery being situated right around the church in an open fashion without walls renders the whole hill beautiful. Apart from having to wear a mask no further Covid19 restrictions.
Christian Sassin (2 years ago)
Stunning church with a towering presence over the inner city. Beaufitully cared for cementary around the main building and carefully restored artifacts inside. Must visit when you are touring the island.
Sparda 86 (3 years ago)
If you are in Fehmarn it is worth visiting the church as it is in the center of Burg. We toured this church and the catholic church next door in one go. Both churches are within easy walking distance.
Georg Andersen (4 years ago)
Beautiful church
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