Lüneburg: St. Nicolai

Lüneburg: St. Nicolai

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  • JR56

    St. Nicolai church in Lüneburg
    The three-aisled basilica in the water district is one of the three main churches in Lüneburg. The youngest and smallest of the churches was built around 1420 from a chapel that quickly became too small for the growing population. Built in the style of the brick Gothic, the St. Nicolai church was a church of sailors and artisans living by merchant shipping. Unfinished extensions in the following decades led to considerable building damage. A thorough repair of the church took place only from 1869, which is why the church is largely characterized by the 19th century. For example, one of the last brick basilicas is adorned by a neo-gothic tower, which, with its approximately 93 meters, is one of the highest church towers in Lower Saxony.
    Inside, however, the visitor can still enjoy medieval imprints as well as gothic painting and woodcarving. For example, a three-winged alter from the 15th century adorns the interior. Also impressive is the central nave, which has a unique eight-pointed star vault at over 28 meters in the north of Germany. The sumptuous design of the interior attracts around 110,000 visitors a year, to whom the church is open every day.

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    • December 6, 2018

  • Siegfried LG

    St. Nicolai, St. Nicolaos dedicated to the patron saint of boatmen and sailors. Financed and built on behalf of the patricians and guild of boatmen. The landmark of the water district in Lüneburg. Also called the "Bürgerbasilika". Construction began in 1407.Towering high and has a structural peculiarity, by an architectural trick it looks longer from inside than it is when you look at the choir. Inverted you have the feeling that everyone is sitting in the first row. It is almost as tall as it is long.The church belongs to the building type basilica, during which are St. Johannes and St. Michaelis Hallenkirchen. Model was St. Mary in Lübeck and St. Nicolai in Wismar. Particularly impressive is the approximately 7.20 meters wide and 28.70 meters high Gothic nave with the unique in northern Germany eight-pointed star vault and with its medieval character.The high altar dates from the St. Lambert Church, which was demolished in 1861, and is therefore called the Lamberti Altar. Behind the altar are the panels of the Heiligenthaler Altar, probably the oldest depiction of Lüneburg.Official link: st-nicolai.euHere you can learn everything worth knowing (opening hours, etc.) and can make a virtual tour of the impressive interior. In the entrance you can also buy a small guide, this explains the essentials in image and text. It costs 3 € and is also used for maintenance. I have known this church since 1990, when birches tried to conquer the church.

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    • December 21, 2016

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    • January 4, 2017

  • Kathrin

    The Nicolaikirche is the youngest of the city churches. Construction began in 1406 and ended in 1440. The tower was not completed until 1587, but the foundation became unstable. The church tower was demolished around 1830 because the top was destroyed by lightning 20 years earlier. The current church tower was completed in 1895. In contrast to the other two city churches, St. Nicolai is a basilica and not a hall church.
    The star vault and the main altar (convertible altar) with medieval city views of Lüneburg, which originally comes from the no longer existing St. Lamberti Church, are striking.

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    • November 7, 2020

  • Andy

    The St. Nicolai Church is the youngest and smallest of the three main churches in the city of Lüneburg. The church, consecrated to St. Nicholas of Myra, was built from 1407 to 1440 in the brick Gothic style.

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    • October 18, 2020

  • Kathrin

    The Nicolaikirche is station 15 of the Friedenspfad Lüneburg: Memorial stone for Hinrik Viscule; Memorial plaque for Günther SmendGünther Smend was born in Trier on November 29, 1912. He grew up there first, then later in Berlin and in Mühlheim an der Ruhr. After graduating from high school in 1932, he began as an officer candidate in the Reichswehr in Infantry Regiment 18 in Detmold and from then on quickly made a career in the Wehrmacht.Later he belonged to the inner circle of the military resistance against Adolf Hitler.After his expulsion from the Wehrmacht in mid-August 1944, he was subject to the People's Court. In the court hearing on 29./30. August he was sentenced to death. After the verdict he was imprisoned in Berlin-Plötzensee. Because of his participation in the resistance against National Socialism, Günther Smend was hanged there on September 8, 1944 at the age of 31.The plaque is therefore a reminder of the military resistance against Hitler and in particular of Günter Smend, a resistance member from the local area, the catchment area of St. Nicolai Lüneburg.
    The Bible verse in 2 Timothy 4: 7 is quoted above the above-mentioned inscription:
    "I fought a good fight, I completed the run, I kept faith."

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    • about 15 hours ago

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Location: Lüneburg Heath, Lower Saxony, Germany


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