Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nikolaikirche - Kiel, Germany

The oldest building in the city of Kiel, Germany is the Nikolaikirche. It dates back over 700 years and has a long and troubled history.

The current church was built in 1242 and dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Myra. It is a typical example of other Northern German church as the St. Peter's church in neighbouring Lübeck and the Schweriner Dom in Mechlenburg Vorpommern.

The church was extended in the mid 14th century with a longer choir. In the late 19th century the facade was altered in a neo-gothic style.

It was heavily damaged in World War II, after allied extensive bombing raids on the city in 1943 and 1944. It was rebuilt after the war by the famous German architect Gerhard Langmaack. It was given a new modern interior.

In the church you find a number of interesting objects from the former church an Erzväteraltar dating from 1460, a Bronze baptismal font made by Hans Apengeter in 1344, a statue of the crucified Christ from 1490 and a Baroque pulpit dating from 1705. 

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