Lüneburg: St. Nicolai

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  • 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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    • January 1, 2017

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    Lüneburg: St. Nicolai Church
    The St. Nicolaikirche in the Lüneburg water districtThe St. Nicolaikirche in the Lüneburg water district
    The St. Nicolaikirche in the Lüneburg water districtStar vault of St. NicolaiKirchturm of St. Nicolai
    The St. Nicolai Church is a three-nave basilica, which was begun in 1407. The nave is twice as tall as the aisles and higher than the length of the nave. The nave is spanned by an eight-pointed star vault, which is unique in northern Germany. Due to numerous restorations, the church is largely influenced by the 19th century. The 1587 completed church tower, for example, had to be demolished in 1831 due to dilapidation. The 98 m high tower construction after neo gothic design was completed in 1895. The interior of the church has preserved its beautiful medieval character and contains important treasures of Gothic painting and carving.

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    • August 19, 2017

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    • January 4, 2017

  • Sachsen Onkel

    The church was built from 1407-1440 in the style of brick Gothic.

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    • September 15, 2018

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Location: Lüneburg Heath, Lower Saxony, Germany


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