Church of John the Baptist

Lüneburg, Germany

The Church of John the Baptist (Johanniskirche) is the oldest Lutheran church in Lüneburg, Germany. The church is considered an important example of northern German Brick Gothic architecture. The five-naved hall church was erected between 1300 and 1370 and repaired in 1420. In the early 15th century Conrad of Soltau, as Conrad III Prince-Bishop of Verden, failed to make St. John's the new cathedral of his see, since the city council and the Prince of Lüneburg resisted that fearing the political interference of another power. The outer structure was marked by rebuilding in 1765. Particularly striking is the lightly sloping steeple, which at a height of 108 meters is the highest church steeple in Lower Saxony. The stained-glass in the Elisabeth Chapel was made by Charles Crodel in 1969.

The church's organ was finished in 1553 by Hendrik Niehoff and Jasper Johansen and rebuilt in 1714 by Arp Schnitger student, Matthias Dropa and in the latter 20th century by Rudolf von Beckerath.

The 108-meter-high spire of the church looks as though it is sloping from each side: the truss on the upper part is twisted into a corkscrew shape. A legend states that when the master builder noticed the mistake, he fell from an upper window in the church tower; however, he landed on a passing haywagon, so he lived. Feeling that he had been vindicated by God, the master went into a local tavern to celebrate. After a few too many drinks he leaned back in his chair and fell over. As he fell he hit his head on the stone hearth of the fireplace and was killed.



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Founded: 1300-1370
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Evgeny Naida (7 months ago)
Most of the times i have visited Lüneburg it was closed. I managed to enter during the Christmas holidays for one of the celebrations. This church has some great artefacts that are definitely worse to see
VATER DES KAISERS (12 months ago)
This beautiful church is the oldest in the city of Lüneburg, located in the city center, and is considered a significant example of Northern German Brick Gothic architecture. Make sure to go inside and admire everything at your leisure...!?
AC ZPB (14 months ago)
Beautiful church just from outside! Worthy to visit it and the town itself!
Charles D B (2 years ago)
This is a definite visit if you are in the area. Opportunity to relax and reflect in an old old historical building. They supply a good range of language guides -a donation can be given too.I normally hold Churches as cold however this building really ‘talked’to me -to calm down. I believe ‘this life’ is Heaven, we are all experts so we think! but we are all very lucky that we are a part of a Planet just the correct distance from a burning Planet that allows the very essence of life -atmosphere/water/temperature -someone might have had a hand in this ??!!
Irina Kravchuk (4 years ago)
Nice church with a tower of a very interesting shape, located on Am Sande. Church tower can be seen from the nearby water tower observation deck.
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