Hannover's Historical Churches Tour (Self Guided), Hannover

Established on the south bank of the river Leine, Hannover began as just a small village of ferrymen and fishermen. Around the 14th Century many churches and basilicas were built here. Today we can still witness these beautiful constructions, as they have remained intact all this time. Take this walking tour to visit the main religious edifices in Hannover.
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Hannover's Historical Churches Tour Map

Guide Name: Hannover's Historical Churches Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Hannover (See other walking tours in Hannover)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: clare
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Lutherkirche
  • Christuskirche
  • Basilika St. Clemens
  • Neustädter Kirche
  • Kreuzkirche
  • Marktkirche
  • Aegidienkirche

1) Lutherkirche

The Luther Church in Hannover was built between 1895 and 1898, as the last of the three great churches of the northern region. During World War II the church was damaged in an air-strike, and did not reopen until 1957. In 2006 the church's belfry, the gallery floor and the roof were destroyed in a fire. Fortunately, all were restored in 2008.

2) Christuskirche

The Neo-Gothic Christuskirche was built between 1859 and 1864. While it is not one of the oldest churches in Hannover, it has a striking architectural design, which makes it an interesting site to visit. The church has had a connection to the House of Hannover royals since it was first built under the patronage of George V. The most eye-catching feature of the church is the 70 meter tower stone pyramid. The central nave is impressive and around the chapels and choir there are gargoyles and intricate carvings.

The church also features an immense spire, which was damaged during World War II air raids. Damage from the war was restored in 1951 with funds that were collected among the congregation. Further renovation of the spire and the roof was undertaken in 1988. You enter the church through the large buttresses above which is a gable and rose window. In recognition of the importance the Christuskirche plays in the spiritual minds of the people of Hannover, the church was used for several events during the 2000 Expo. There are evensong services held during the week along with regular Sunday services, which are open to the public. Visitors are free to visit the church outside of service times and there are often volunteer guides to take you around.
Basilika St. Clemens

3) Basilika St. Clemens

St. Clemen's Basilica is the mother church of the Catholic diocese of which Hannover is part. It's easily distinguished from other buildings in the city due to its unusual shape. Built in Venetian baroque style, it is also often referred to as the "St. Peter of the North". Its services attract not just community members, but also many visitors to the city of Hannover from other parishes in the region and further afield.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Neustädter Kirche

4) Neustädter Kirche

The Neustädter Kirche is an Evangelical Lutheran Church located in the suburb of Neustadt Calenberger. It is an important example of a baroque style church. It is thought the church, which was built in the years 1666-70, was designed by notable Venetian architect Jeronimo Sartorio. A medieval chapel of St. Mary had been the original structure on the site.
Sight description based on wikipedia

5) Kreuzkirche (must see)

The Kreuzkirche, dating from 1284, is Hannover’s oldest parish church and is used for church services along with concerts and major events. Most of the construction that you see today is from around 1333 when it was extended according to an original Gothic design. It is well known for its decorative altar, which was painted by Lucas Cranach in 1537. In 1560, a large theological library was created in the basement of the church and increased space was made behind the vestry for the choir. There is an ornate Renaissance period pulpit that was added to the church in 1594.

A chapel in Baroque style was added to the church grounds in the 17th century and on the east side of the building, there is a stone emblem of the city of Hannover. One of the premier features of the church exterior is its large spire, reportedly damaged during a violent storm in 1630. In 1652, the spire was totally restored in Baroque style with funds provided by Johann Duve. Like much of the Old City, the Kreuzkirche sustained damage during bombing in World War II and was repaired between 1951-1961. The Kreuzkirche is one of the city’s most important churches and represents design elements of every major period – from medieval times to the 20th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Of course, not a Catholic church, or it would be decorated with gold from floor to ceiling, but still worth seeing if only to ascertain that a church is not meant for the accumulation of wealth.
Beautiful surroundings with great neighboring cafés, too!

6) Marktkirche (must see)

The Marktkirche is the leading Lutheran church in Hannover. Built in the 14th century, this church is considered to be the most southern example of the North German Brick Gothic architectural style. Despite its age, the church remains one of the highest towers in Hannover and even the Lower Saxony region. When constructed, the design was deliberately monumental in order to highlight the wealth and power of the city of Hannover. The tall spire was added to the top of the bell tower in haste when the coffers were beginning to run dry on the church’s construction, and this practical move was mimicked in churches all across Europe.

Inside the church, the altar dates from 1480 and depicts 21 scenes from the Passion of the Christ and at the back of the altar, there are images of Saint George and Saint James, the two patron saints of the church. In the 17th century, a Baroque altar was installed, but the original was returned to the church following World War II. The bell tower features 11 bells and is the largest in the region; however, they are now used only on special occasions. Of particular interest are the bas-reliefs by Gerhard Marx that depict scenes of World War II and implore all who view them not to let a similar chapter in history recur.

Why You Should Visit:
Very impressive church with an imposing presence; easy to find and prettily placed in a lively space in town.
The interior is clean, the design is simple yet fascinating, and the organ is really beautiful.

Try to be there when the organ plays – it's fantastic.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

7) Aegidienkirche (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.

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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