The monumental Marienkirche served as a prototype for all northern Germany’s brick Gothic churches. The church was cons tructed between 1250 and 1350. It is the third-largestchurch in Germany and its 80-m (262-foot) central nave is the highest brick nave in the world, at 38½ m (126 feet), The spires are 125-m (410-feet) high. The church was damaged during an air raid in 1942.
During the ensuing fire, most of the interior was lost but long-forgotten medieval wall paintings were laid bare and restored with the rest of the church. At the rear, two bells lie where they fell as reminders of the destructiveness of war. Two-hour guided tours of the towers and vaulting are conducted on Saturday from April to October at 3:15 pm, and during July and August also on Wednesday at 3:15 pm. Opening hours are daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
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