Marienkirche, Lubeck

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World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Marienkirche, a large Lutheran church, is a superb example of the Brick Gothic style prevalent in northern Germany. It was constructed between 1250 and 1350, but on the night of Palm Sunday 1942, it was almost completely burnt down during an Allied air raid. You can see where the bells fell on that night--they have been left there as a memorial to the war. Though many of the old artworks were destroyed in the bombing, you can still admire the winged altar of Christian Swarte from around 1495, a wooden statue of St. John from around 1505, and a stone statue of St Antonius from around 1460. Head outside to the courtyard to see an unusual statue of the devil. Before you head to Lubeck, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Lubeck route planning tool, to make sure you see all that Lubeck has to offer, including Marienkirche.
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  • The Marienkirche is huge (third largest in Germany) and a fine example of North German gothic brick architecture. Severley damaged by the allies during WWII, it has been restored to a point where the....  more »
  • This was my favorite church in Lübeck. Greately damaged during WW2 but is now well reconstruckted. The huge atronomical clock was fascinating - so was the presentation of the «dance of death». The...  more »
  • Beautifully restored. Gothic arches are truly impressive. You really have to throw your read right back to be able to take in the stillness of them.
  • It's interesting but nothing special. The fallen bells are cool and the clock is a mystery. The Fresco's are nice but not easy to see. 4 euros a head to get in.

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