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The special circumstances surrounding Wismar's town churches

St. Georgen

St. Georgen Church belongs to the most significant historical monuments of North German brick Gothic architecture, and as the former parish church for the Neustadt (New Town) lay in the south-west corner of Wismar's Old Town. It was constructed in a long period spanning the Late Middle Ages and the Reformation, undergoing several design changes before its final completion in 1594. The colossal nave and transept is testament to the last great parish church constructed in the Middle Ages in Northern Germany. After extensive damage by an air raid in April 1945, the church could no longer be used.

Until January 1990 the church remained a dangerously insecure ruin in the town, and a great storm that month lead to the collapse of its North gable. This event however provided the impetus to secure and then restore the church with help from the Deutschen Stiftung Denkmalschutz (German Foundation for Monument Protection).

The efforts of the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz alongside funding at municipal, federal state and national level as well as numerous private donors have made it possible to not only rebuild this Gothic monument but provide greater public access to it and enable it once again to be used by the Lutheran Church.

In total more than 40 million Euros have been invested in the reconstruction. Despite the building activity, St. Georgen has established itself as an attractive cultural venue, with well-received congresses, exhibitions, concerts, readings and church events having all taken place there.

In 2014 major work in the church was finally completed with the installation of a lift, an additional staircase to the viewing platform on the West Tower as well as the completion of a corresponding external staircase and access points.


Donations to St. Georgen Church

IBAN: DE54 1405 1000 1000 003635


Reference: 00155660-911-28200-GK

Events in St. Georgen

St. Marien

St. Nikolai 

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