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A to Z Challenge: N is for St. Nikolai

By Thursday, April 16, 2015 ,

Das Mahnmal St Nikolai (the St. Nikolai Memorial) was once a functioning neo-gothic church

A church of some kind has been on the land since 1195, which was gradually expanded and renovated until a great fire burnt down a third of the city in 1842. The spire of the new church was finished in
1874 - a spire which, along with the other Hauptkirchen in Hamburg was used for WWII bombers to navigate by.

18,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped on the city, and approximately 34,000 people were killed during Operation Gomorrah, which destroyed nearly half the city - they say the firestorm over Hamburg was so great it created it's own weather system.

But much of St Nikolai survived, and was evautually turned into a monument and underground museum. You can also take an elevator to the top, but I prefer the views from the nearby churches as I think St Nikolai is the prettiest of the churches.

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  1. Nice post - I love looking at old churches when we travel and thinking about their history and trying to imagine what life was like for people who would worship there hundreds of years ago. Cheers - Ellen

  2. It's a really different looking church and must have been beautiful at it's height of glory. It's amazing that there has been a church on that location for so many centuries, too.