The Steeple of Marienkirche
The Steeple of Marienkirche Wismar Reviews
The Steeple of Marienkirche Jun 27, 2009
The Church of Our Lady used to be the main parish church of the city. The nave must have been even bigger and more impressive then the still standing church of St Nikolai. Allied bomb raids in April 1945, a few weeks before the end of the war, hit the church heavily. The ruin could have been saved and rebuilt but this was not wanted. Like other churches in the DDR, the ruin was blown up for political reasons in August 1960. Only the steeple remained as a torso. The foundation of the walls and pillars give an impression how large the church used to be.
The people of Wismar dream of rebuilding Marienkirche. The surrounding walls and pillars have already been rebuilt up to a height of about 1 metre. If you want to help to make the impossible come true, you can support the project by donating a brick. For 10 € you receive a certificate and a brick which you can sign with the date and your name or whatever you want to write on it. These bricks will be used for building so your signature will remain in the church wall forever.
I donated one in the name of my little Australian travel companion...
An exhibition in and around the steeple shows more about the history of Marienkirche, a model of what it looked like, historical building machinery and a brickmaker’s workshop.
The Archidiakonat, the house of the main priest at Marienkirche, is a brick gothic building, erected around 1450. The stepped gable must be the most beautiful of its kind in Wismar - right now (summer 2009) the building is in restauro and hidden behind scaffolding. All I got was a glimpse through gaps in the plastic foil.
Part of the Mecklenburg 2009 travel blog
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