Aegidienkirche, Hannover

Aegidienkirche, Hannover (must see)

The Aegidienkirche in Hannover was once an active church with a substantial history and congregation. The night of 8 October 1943 changed all that: following extensive damage from World War II bombing, the 14th-century church was left a shell, with only its exterior walls standing. Instead of attempting to restore the church, it was decided that it should be left as a war memorial. There are actually several memorials within the church grounds remembering the war and committing to a peaceful future. A "shadowline" by local artist Dorothee Von Windheim casts a shadow over the east facade of the church and serves as a reminder for the fragility of life.

The Aegidienkirche has a peace bell, which was a gift from Hannover’s sister city, Hiroshima. Every year, on Hiroshima Day, there is a peace ceremony and the bell is rung each hour. There is also a glockenspiel in the bell tower, which rings over the city four times a day, delivering a musical message of peace. There has been a church on the site of the Aegidienkirche since before the 12th century, but the first time it was officially mentioned in official records was 1163. The nave of the church that you see today was built in 1347.

Why You Should Visit:
Sites such as this one are important, as a reminder of historical events, and to show how we can rise above the past for a brighter future.

Tip:
Make sure you are there 5 mins past the hour to hear the bells.
Best to visit it when there is no rain in order to spend enough time.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Aegidienkirche on Map

Sight Name: Aegidienkirche
Sight Location: Hannover, Germany
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Churches Walking Tour in Hannover   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Hannover, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Hannover

Create Your Own Walk in Hannover

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Shopping Areas in Hannover

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
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Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Nightlife Tour of Hannover

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles