Lüneburg: St. Johannis

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  • Siegfried LG

    The tower of St. Johannis rises mightily on the sand, but it is crooked. That's why an old Lüneburg legend entwines. After a lightning strike in 1406, the tower had to be renewed after a fire. When the master saw that the tower had gone awry, he plunged into the depths, fell into a hay wagon and survived. The final crash in the pub, he did not survive. (If that's true, nobody knows today). The tip is about 220 cm from the lot.

    St. Johannis is a building type of hall church and goes powerful in the width. Start of construction 1289, more details can be found in the link: st-johanniskirche.de

    In the sacristy some treasures are kept: The relics head of St. Cecilie and much more. The light conditions are very special and shooting with flash are obsolete.

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    • December 30, 2016

  • JR56

    Lüneburg: St. Johannis church
    The oldest church in Lüneburg is St. Johannis, it attracts the visitor from afar, because its 108 meter high tower juts out into the sky.
    During the construction around 1384, the tower was 2.20 meters to the west 2.20 meters out of the Lot. He should be wrong, because steeples were always put a little in the wind, so they did not get the full wind load head-on, but not so pronounced.
    And even today, in Lüneburg, the legend is told of the master builder who erected the leaning tower: After the construction, he saw what he had done. Then he climbed the stairs to the church tower and plunged in shame through a window into the depths.
    However, just at the moment drove a hay wagon over. The builder landed softly and survived the fall. He thought to himself, "If I'm alive after this jump, then it must be God's will that the tower be so crooked." With this certainty he wanted to celebrate the event, got drunk in a pub, fell from the bench, broke his neck and was dead.
    Already in 927 as a baptismal church called, the St. Johannis church is one of the oldest in Lower Saxony. It served as a model for many hall churches in northern Germany, for example in Stendal, Brandenburg, Hanover and Tangermünde. The five-aisled hall church with almost square plan once contained 39 altars. The famous high altar with paintings by Hinrik Funhoff and the magnificent Baroque organ are absolutely worth seeing. Here, the young Johann Sebastian Bach learned to play the organ and to compose music with his uncle Georg Böhm, who worked from 1698 to 1733 as cantor and composer in the St. Johannis Church.
    Source and more info: lueneburger-heide.de/stadt/sehenswuerdigkeit/77/lueneburg-johannis-kirche.html

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    • December 6, 2018

  • Pittsen

    In addition to the sight, there are also very nice concerts in this church!

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    • February 8, 2017

  • Gerhard H.

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Johannis is the oldest church in the city of Lüneburg. It is located on the square Am Sande in the city center and is considered an important building of the North German brick Gothic.

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    • September 8, 2019

  • RaMona

    The oldest church in Lüneburg is the St. Johannis Church, a five-nave Gothic hall church in the heart of the city. The church, which is very popular with tourists, is considered one of the most important buildings in north German brick Gothic and served as a model for many other churches in the region.
    The previous building of the St. Johannis church was built in the middle of the 12th century. Much of the building known today was built until 1372. However, the building was not completed until 1470. A special feature is the church tower that was built around 1384, because the giant, which is around 110 meters high, leans obliquely towards the sky. The spire deviates a good 1.30 meters to the south and 2.20 meters to the west from the plumb line!

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    • September 26, 2019

  • Mike 🇪🇺

    The most famous of the Lüneburg church. It consists of five ships and thus the highest as well as the widest church. The church tower is 108.71 meters. The church was built between 1270 and 1372.

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    • April 10, 2018

  • Wolfram/Ts.

    What a huge church building ... with one of the highest church towers in northern Germany! But I am also concerned with a question: How many hundreds of thousands of bricks were probably installed here ???

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    • August 3, 2020

  • Kathrin

    The most famous of the Lüneburg city churches is both the tallest and the widest with a church tower of 108.71 meters and 5 naves. The beautiful organ is a mixture of renaissance and baroque organs and is therefore very unusual.
    The church was built between 1270 and 1372.
    kirchenkreis-lueneburg.de/ihre_gemeinden/kirchengemeinden_innenstadt/st_johannis

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    • October 23, 2020

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