The Marktkirche St. Georgii et Jacobi (Market Church of Sts. George and James), commonly known as Marktkirche, was built in the 14th century. Together with the nearby Old Town Hall it is considered the southernmost example of the North German brick gothic architectural style. The roof and the vaults of the naves were destroyed in an air raid in 1943 and restored in 1952.

The church is a hallenkirche (hall church). Above the nave and two aisles rises a monumental saddleback roof. The high western tower was a symbol for the power and the wealth of the citizens of the town. It is still one of the highest towers in Lower-Saxony and a landmark of the city.

The main altar was carved of linden wood, around 1480. The front depicts the Passion of Christ in 21 scenes, following models of Martin Schongauer. The back shows scenes from the lives of the two patron saints, Saint George and Saint James. The altar was moved to the Aegidienkirche in 1663 to make room for a Baroque altar. In 1856 it was taken to the Welfenmuseum and thus was not destroyed during World War II. It was returned to the Marktkirche in 1952.

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

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Richard Ashcroft (17 months ago)
Above Hannover’s bland central shopping district rises a sturdy red brick tower adorned with a large pentagram on one face and a hexagram on the clock face. The 14th century brick Gothic church was partially destroyed in an air raid and restored in the ’50s. The interior is austere, but the altar and organ are impressive.
Bernd Greupner (17 months ago)
Beautiful historical church. This church is also famous for the red bricks "Klinker" mostly in northern Germany used.
Alex Lorance Pulikottil (17 months ago)
Very elegant church. The altar is truly an art-work.
john mckenna (19 months ago)
very impressive huge church with an imposing presence. do.inates the old town and is prettily placed in a lively space in town. the door and surround in the entrance is particularly striking.
Martin Paulik (2 years ago)
A beautiful church, so nicely fits into the square and the surrounding buildings. The interior is clean, the design is simple yet fascinating. And the organ is really beautiful.
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