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St. Catherine's Church, Hamburg

St. Catherine's Church, Hamburg
St. Catherine's Church, Hamburg

St. Catherine's Church (German: St. Katharinen) is one of the five principal Lutheran churches (Hauptkirchen) of Hamburg, Germany. The base of its spire, dating from the 13th century, is the second oldest building preserved in the city, after the lighthouse on Neuwerk island. It is situated on an island near what was formerly the southern boundary of the medieval city, opposite the historic harbour area on the Elbe river. It traditionally served as the church of the seamen.

History

The earliest attestation to the existence of the church dates back to 1256. The main body, consisting of a triple nave, was rebuilt during the mid-15th century in the north German Brick Gothic style. In 1657 a Baroque rooftop was added to the spire, which thus reached a height of 115 meters. The church was heavily damaged in an air-raid during World War II, on 30 July 1943. It left only the outer walls and the base of the spire standing. The building was restored between 1950 and 1957.

Famous pastors have included Joachim Westphal and Philipp Nicolai.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Catherine%27s_Church,_Hamburg ]

Address: Hamburg
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"What is the significance of the hanging rock in the church?" (posted 07/05/2015)

it is merely an art project of a Viennese artist. The rock is also a mass art and not real. About the true meaning, as so often in the art, no information is given.
Answer provided by Ralf Zimmer on 07/06/2015
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