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The Petrikirche Rostock was built in the middle of the 14th century in the brick Gothic style. With a height of 117 meters, it is one of the highest of the four former city churches.A viewing platform in the church tower offers the visitor a fantastic all-round view of the Hanseatic city of Rostock.
March 17, 2021
The Petrikirche is the oldest and with 117.0 m the highest of the formerly four city churches of the Hanseatic city of Rostock.
In the middle of the 14th century, instead of the predecessor building, the church was built as a three-aisled basilica in the construction style typical of northern Europe of the Baltic region (brick Gothic).It was built around 1500, a tower about 127 m high, which was destroyed by lightning in 1543, in which the remaining in Rostock Catholics saw a punishment of God. Until 1578, the tower was rebuilt with spire, after he had been partially destroyed in the meantime by storm again. With the then reached height of 117 m, it also served as a landmark of the sea as well as of land. In the following centuries weather patterns left their traces, which led in 1902 to a comprehensive renovation of the basilica.During the four-day attack of the British Air Force at the end of April 1942, St. Peter's Church was severely hit during the night of 26-27 April 1942. The copper-clad spire burnt, the organ, the baroque altar, the Renaissance pulpit, and the only epitaph became a plunder of the flames. On the other hand, the medieval bronze baptismal font of A. Ribe was saved in 1512, as well as a cross-relief of Christ before Pilate. While the vault of the nave and the southern aisle collapsed, the vault of the northern aisle remained intact. In the course of a very hesitant reconstruction, the tower was secured with an emergency roof and closed the nave with a flat wooden ceiling, which reaches a height of 24 meters. In addition, the arcades between the central and aisles were walled up and the walls of the nave were whitewashed. The spire was initially not rebuilt.In 1994, as part of the urban development subsidy with funds from the state, the city and funds from donations and listed organizations again a copper-clad spire is set up, so that St. Peter is again widely visible as Rostock landmark. In addition, at 45 m height, a viewing platform that can be reached via 195 narrow staircases or a lift was built, which allows a clear view over the city of Rostock to Warnemünde and the Baltic Sea in clear weather.Source:
June 1, 2017
Around 1300, the construction of a three-aisled church made of dark red bricks began at the current location of the Petrikirche. Granite stone was also partially used for the walls. Parts of this building are still preserved up to the vaulting of the side aisles. Remnants of the wall on the south tower indicate that this church had or should have a transverse or double tower. It is not known whether this church building was completed. At least its tower was probably still unfinished in 1312, as the bricks were urgently needed for a fortification in Warnemünde against the Danes.
In the middle of the 14th century, a three-aisled basilica in the brick Gothic style was built in place of the previous church. Around 1500 the church was completed with a 126 m high tower with a pointed spire.
August 22, 2019
The Petrikirche is the oldest and at 117.0 m the highest of the former four city churches of the Hanseatic city of Rostock.
June 27, 2022
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