The economic boom in the days of the Hanse resulted in a wealthy middle class who wanted to prove its social and political significance through impressive and imposing buildings.
In the course of a few years a certain style of architecture emerged and spread through the Baltic area, appropriately named “North German red-brick Gothicism”.
Red bricks are made of clay, which is moulded into shape by hand and baked. This simple material was used by the hard-building townsfolk to build the defiant town walls, proud, imaginative Giebelhäuser
(Gable House), and the monumental sacred masterpieces that define Wismar’s unique character today.