Hannover's Historical Churches Walking Tour, Hanover

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

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 self-guided walking tour to visit the main religious edifices in Hannover.
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Hannover's Historical Churches Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Hannover's Historical Churches Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Hanover (See other walking tours in Hanover)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Author: clare
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Aegidienkirche (Aegidia Church)
  • Marktkirche (Market Church)
  • Kreuzkirche (Holy Cross Church)
  • Neustädter Kirche (New Town Church)
  • Propsteikirche Basilika St. Clemens (Basilika St. Clemens)
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Aegidienkirche (Aegidia Church)

1) Aegidienkirche (Aegidia Church) (must see)

The Gothic-style Aegidien Church was built in 1347. It sits on the location of a 12th-century Romanesque church. Hanover's 16th century Reformation began in Aegidiean Church. In the early 1700s, a Baroque facade was added to the church's steeple. In 1826, Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves remodeled the church's interior.

In 1943, the church was destroyed by World War II bombs. The church was left in ruins with only its outer walls intact. The church was not rebuilt after the war, rather it today functions as a war memorial. In 1959, Kurt Lehmann designed and installed a monumental sculpture called Humility.

The outer walls feature many Baroque epitaphs, including one dedicated to Susanna Magdalena Oldekop, who died as a child in 1648.

A relief known as the Siebenmannenstein shows seven praying men who allegedly sacrificed themselves to save the town. The men are known as "Hannover's Spartans," who died during an attack on Dohren Tower in 1480. The Siebenmannenstein relief is a copy. The original can be seen in the Hannover Historical Museum.

The contemplative Schattenlinie artwork features a white stone line that capture's the church's shadow. This artwork is a symbol of life and death, and of light and shadows.

Hiroshima, Japan, is Hanover's sister city. Hiroshima donated a peace bell to Hanover, and it is now located in the Aegidien Church's tower. It is rung every year on Hiroshima Day which is August 6th.
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Marktkirche (Market Church)

2) Marktkirche (Market Church)

Market Church was initially built in the 14th century. It was built in the North German brick gothic style and is Germany's southernmost example of this unique architectural style.

The church's tall western tower symbolized Hannover's wealth and power. The tower is one of Hannover's most recognizable landmarks. The tower has 11 bells. The Bell of Christ and Peace is Lower Saxony's largest bell and reserved for special occasions.

The church's interior features a carved wooden altar that dates to the late 15th century. The altar's front depicts the Passion of Christ. The altar's back shows scenes from the lives of Saint George and Saint James, the church's patron saints.

The church's roof and naves were damaged by World War II bombs in 1943 and were rebuilt in 1952.

The church's organ was built in 1954 and has 64 stops.

A giant pentagram on the church's western tower is one of its most dramatic elements. In addition, a hexagram surrounds the tower's clock. These symbols were used by ancient pagans and then adopted by early Christians. The pentagram was used to symbolize the epiphany.

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.

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

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
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Kreuzkirche (Holy Cross Church)

3) Kreuzkirche (Holy Cross Church)

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!
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Neustädter Kirche (New Town Church)

4) Neustädter Kirche (New Town Church)

The Neustädter Kirche is an Evangelical Lutheran Church located in the suburb of Neustadt Calenberger. The official name is Neustädter Hof- und Stadtkirche St. Johannis zu Hannover (St. John's Church of the court and the city in the New Town at Hanover).

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. Mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Field Marshal Carl August von Alten are buried here.

The church is known for its church music, performed in service and concert by the Kantorei St. Johannis (St. John's chorale), and serves as a venue for concerts, for example in the context of the Expo 2000 and the Kirchentag. It houses a "Spanish organ", suitable for early Baroque music, in collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
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Propsteikirche Basilika St. Clemens (Basilika St. Clemens)

5) Propsteikirche Basilika St. Clemens (Basilika St. Clemens)

St. Clemen's Basilica is the mother church of the Catholic diocese of which Hannover is part. It is dedicated to Saint Clement of Rome.

Construction started in 1712, and finished in 1718. This was the first Roman Catholic church to be built in Hanover since the Reformation, when the Kingdom of Hanover became Protestant.

The church was almost totally destroyed during the Allied bombings in 1943 during World War II, as Hanover and other major cities were major targets for strategic bombing in an effort to cripple the Nazi regime. Reconstruction began in 1946, and the completed church was dedicated on 24 November 1957. On 12 March 1998, Pope John Paul II made the church a Minor Basilica.

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.

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