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Culture of Hannover. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Start your observation of the city's attractions from making a visit to the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), the construction of which lasted for 12 years and was completed in 1913. Nowadays several halls of the town hall have been converted into a museum, the main exhibits of which are miniature models of the city. Visitors of the museum can see how the city looked right after its foundation, what buildings were in its territory in the Middle Ages. The museum exhibits a miniature model of the modern look of the city. The Town Hall is one of the most striking architectural sites of Hanover. One of its domes is equipped with an observation deck that provides visitors with a scenic panorama of the city.
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The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) is a no less interesting attraction. The construction of this architectural monument lasted for more than a hundred years. The oldest part of the town hall has survived till our days even though it was completed in the beginning of the 15th century. Despite the fact that some wings were added to the Old Town Hall much later, the building looks very harmonious. St. Egidio Church is among the most notable religious sights of the city. This church was built during the Middle Ages. In 1943, during the war, the church was seriously damaged, but later it was rebuilt. Today the church is considered a major monument of victims of the bloody war.
Market Church (Marktkirche) is one more interesting sight of the city. You will hear a lot of interesting stories and legends connected with it. The original project of the church was so large and expensive that the construction of the church was frozen several times - the city’s treasury simply ran out of money. According to a legend, the walls of the church became the grave of the famous folk character named Michael – a knight famous for his military heroic deeds. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Fans of theater art will be interested in visiting Opera House that is located in a beautiful historic building of the mid-19th century. It is considered one of the best theaters in Europe. Opera House is distinguished by modern stage equipment and unique acoustics. The beautiful garden of Herrenhausen is an equally well-known tourist attraction. It was founded by the order of Sofia Palatinate in the beginning of the 19th century. The garden is decorated with unique sculptures, fountains, huge and beautiful flowerbeds. Every year the garden is visited by approximately 400,000 visitors. A walk through the centuries-old garden will leave a lot of impressions.

Plan your own excursion through Hannover: churches, museums and castles

Marktkirche, Hannover

» The Marktkirche is an old Lutheran church in Hanover that is still functioning. It was built on the foundation of St. George church that was mentioned in 1238. The new church was consecrated after St. George and St. James in 1360.
»  In 1943, the church was seriously damaged during the bombing. It started to be refurbished right after the war. The original exterior of the building has been preserved. Only the bronze gate and the facade were restored and decorated with Gerhard Marcks’ pictures depicting tragic scenes of the war.
»  You can also see the oldest artifact that has survived since 1480, an altar. The chapel of this old church has 11 bells. The biggest bell weighs 10 tons. The oldest one was made in 1650.
»  Around the church, there are old graves of eminent citizens of the 16th-18th century.
»  Since the middle of the 19th century, Christmas fairs have held near the Marktkirche. It has become a tradition. This city attraction is annually visited by 1.5 million tourists.

Neustadter Kirche, Hannover

» The Neustädter Kirche was built in 1670 in the new town at the site of St. Gall Chapel (the 13th century). The walls of the church include some fragments of the destroyed chapel.
»  Many years ago, people were buried right in the church, so its floor was covered with tombstones. In 1902, all the tombstones were taken outside.
»  Only the most famous burials were left. One of them is the grave of Gottfried Leibniz (1716). The great mathematician had lived in Hanover for 40 years.
»  During the Second World War, the building was damaged. After the reconstruction, its interior has become more modest.
»  Nowadays, the church is famous for the choir of St. Johannis that often gives church and organ concerts. A Spanish baroque organ placed in the church is exclusive.

Christuskirche, Hannover

» The last ruler of Hanover George V ordered to build a summer residence for his wife’s birthday on a hilltop in the northern district of the city.
»  Christuskirche was constructed here by the project of architect Wilhelm Hase. It is designed in the New Gothic style. It features classic elements, such as high columns, massive vaults, and high spires.
»  The building was built of red plastered bricks and stones. The walls are decorated with bas-reliefs.
»  The impressive tower is 70 m high. It is an exterior supplement to the church. The construction was completed in 1864.
»  Today, you can enter the church from the side. Here, you will feel like you are in a concert hall. At the Evangelical Church, there is a girl’s choir.
»  The medieval interior has been preserved to this day. Old benches were moved to a temple in Grodno. The church is quite spacious. Its space is divided by huge cylinder columns.
»  Big lancet windows transmit much light. The good lighting of the temple creates a sense of airiness and levitation.
»  This church is a cultural site and one of the memorable places of the city.

Lower Saxony State Museum, Hannover

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Lower Saxony State Museum has a rich collection of exhibits referred to different spheres: archeology, art, flora and fauna, ethnography, and numismatics. It was founded in 1856 and named the Museum of Art and Science.
»  When the collection was expanded and needed more space, a new building was built in 1902.
»  Now, the collection of the museum includes a million exhibits. The most unique art exhibits are pictures of Rembrandt, Rubens, and Dürer.
»  As for the archeological collection, you can see here a mummy that appeared in the 2nd century AD.
»  The museum also has a big collection of marine animals (about 200 species) from all parts of the ocean.
»  Here, you can also see an interesting collection of coins, orders, and medals that includes 43 000 exhibits.

Wilhelm Busch Museum, Hannover

» The Wilhelm Busch Museum was founded by the Society of Artists in 1930. It is located in the Georgenpalais that belonged to King George III before.
»  The museum houses paintings of Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908). He was famous for satirical sketches in the form of cautionary tales. A series of comics named “Max and Moritz” was created in 1865.
»  Busch’s satirical couplets have become popular proverbs.
»  The museum has acquired masterpieces of famous cartoonists: Honore Daumier, James Gillray, Francisco de Goya, Thomas Theodor Heine, and William Hogarth.
»  The museum collection is constantly updated. Not so long ago, 700 cartoons of Napoleon were purchased.
»  Workers of the museum regularly hold temporary exhibitions where visitors can see works of modern cartoonists and fashion designers.
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Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Hannover and around
♥   Art museum 'Kestner-Museum' Hanover, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Lower Saxony State Museum' Hanover, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Sprengel Museum' Hanover, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Hannover
♥   Basilika St. Godehard, Hildesheim, 29.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Verdener Dom St. Maria und Cäcilia, Verden, 69.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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