St. Petrikirche, Rostock

#6 of 14 in Historic Sites in Rostock
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
St. Mary's Church, Rostock, in German Marienkirche, is the biggest of three town churches found in the Hanseatic city of Rostock, in northern Germany. The other two are St. Peter's (Petrikirche) and St. Nicholas (Nikolaikirche). A fourth, St. James' (Jakobikirche), was heavily damaged during the Second World War and subsequently demolished. St. Mary's was designated in 1265 as the main parish church and since the Protestant Reformation in 1531 it's the house of a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Mecklenburg.BuildingSt. Mary's Church, on Ziegenmarkt, is a large Brick Gothic church. Built in the 13th century, it was enlarged and modified at the end of the 14th century into the present basilica. The first reference to a church on this site is in 1232, which is thought to be the predecessor of the current building. The triple-nave cross-shaped basilica is in Brick Gothic, a building style typical of the Hanseatic port cities of northern Germany. The huge tower with a baroque lantern at the top was not completed until the end of the 18th century.InteriorHigh AltarThe high altar was built in 1721 by a Berlin craftsman, mainly from painted wood. The altar shows in three pictures; Bottom: " The Last Supper " ; Middle: " The Resurrection " ; Top: " The Effusion of the Holy Spirit ".
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  • Interesting to learn history of church in this location and various versions that were built over time - current steeple rebuilt after destruction in WW11 and includes an elevator to a viewing...  more »
  • This landmark church stands high right in the main square of Rostock. Its red roof and brick wall combination with sharp spire roof make it one of the most striking sites to behold in Northern...  more »
  • The astronomical clock was amazing. The tour guide gave more information than I ever wanted to know about this clock but that was fine. Did not get to hear the organ. There were four keyboards. I don't know how anyone can play that. Touring the church was like a trip back in time. Definitely worth your time
  • Very interesting place ... taken there during a guided walk and found it very good.
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