Nikolaikirche, Wismar

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Wismar, Germany

Nikolaikirche, Wismar Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Nikolaikirche - the Only Complete Church in Old Wismar Jun 27, 2009
Only one of the three brick gothic churches in Wismar is completely preserved and in full use. Nikolaikirche and the surrounding quarter have remained more or less unharmed during the war, unlike Marienkirche and Georgenkirche.

It is an impressive building already from its sheer size. The steeple used to end in a slender spire which collapsed in a gale in 1703 and damaged the church badly. The building was repaired and the furnishing renewed in baroque style. The gables and portals present elaborate ornaments made of glazed bricks.

The huge church is even more impressive from inside. The central nave is 37 m high and one of the highest in Germany. This structure is completely built from bricks.

Nikolai hosts several art works that belong to the two other, destroyed churches, Marienkirche and Georgenkirche. Unlike those the building is intact and fully functional as a church, so it gets less attention, but St Nikolai is in urgent need of restoration, too.

The church is open in the daytime. Donations for the restoration are welcome.
Nikolaikirche seen from the harbour
Nikolaikirche, portal
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