As one of Hamburg's five main churches, St. Nikolai was originally located on the Hopfenmarkt, right in the center of the Hanseatic city. After being destroyed in World War II, the community found a new home in Harvestehude.
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October 25, 2019
The main church of St. Nikolai was inaugurated in 1962 in Hamburg-Harvestehude on Klosterstern / Harvestehuder Weg and replaced as the main church of the former war-ruined church of St. Nicholas, which continues today as a ruin and memorial. The municipality of the new Nikolaikirche was formed from parts of the parishes of St. John's (Harvestehude), St. John's (Eppendorf), Matthew's community Winterhude and St. Andrew (Harvestehude). The old municipality of the destroyed St. Nicholas Church was transferred to the jurisdiction of the main churches St. Katharinen and St. Michaelis.St. Nikolai was executed as a rotunda with bell tower. The design is by the architects Dieter and Gerhard Langmaack. The tower reaches a height of 89.4 meters with the weather vane about 3 meters high and is thus the seventh highest church tower in Hamburg after the towers of the five old main churches and the St. Gertrude church on the Uhlenhorst. The total length is about 40.5 meters and the width about 35 meters.The building is considered one of the most important in the post-war period sacred buildings in Hamburg. The architects chose a cup-shaped floor plan for the asymmetrically curved nave. This is to join the community in front of the altar, without blurring the spatial border to the altar. Thus, the overarched by a bright structured wooden ceiling church space with its more than 500 seats on the simple altar and the altarpiece aligned.The altarpiece, a mosaic called Ecce Homines ("See, the People"), created in 1974 by Oskar Kokoschka by the Italian artist Sergio Cicognani, is a counterpart to the similar black-and-white mosaic in the choir of the old Nikolaikirche. The mosaic is not embedded in the wall, but hangs freely as a picture above the altar cross.Source:
September 11, 2017
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