St. Peter's Church, Hamburg

St. Peter's Church, Hamburg (must see)

Hauptkirche St. Petri, known in English as St. Peter’s Church, was built by order of Pope Leo the Tenth in the early 11th century. Whereas most of Hamburg’s other churches were originally built outside the city walls, St. Peter’s has always stood within the ancient walled settlement, known in those days as Hammaburg. It was first documented as a market church in 1195. The present Gothic church building was completed in 1418. The 132m tall tower, almost Scandinavian in appearance, was accompanied by an even higher second tower until 1807, when it was torn down, having been used as a stable by Napoleonic soldiers.

The church was badly damaged by the Great Fire of Hamburg in 1842. It was restored and rebuilt in the original Gothic style, with many of the church’s original features rescued from the fire. These include the lion head door handles found in the west portal, which date from 1342. They are believed to be the oldest surviving artwork in the city of Hamburg. Still a functioning Catholic church, St. Petri has suffered from a dramatic change in its surroundings – once a busy residential area, the church parish now comprises shops and offices. The congregation have embraced this change, allowing stores to advertise on the church building to pay for upkeep of the building.

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Sight Name: St. Peter's Church
Sight Location: Hamburg, Germany
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Hamburg's Churches Walking Tour   Hamburg Architecture Walking Tour - 1   City Orientation Walk I  

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