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

Hamburg A large part of historical buildings of Hamburg was destroyed in a fire in 1842. Later historical monuments of the city were damaged during the Second World War. From the excursion point of view the Old Town is the most interesting part of the city. Without a doubt, the local Town Hall is the most striking landmark of the district. The beautiful building in the neo-Renaissance style was built in 1887. The height of the Town Hall’s tower is 112 meters. Several halls of the old town hall are still used for important business events. Everyone is able to step inside and enjoy the luxurious decoration of the halls of the building. Special excursions for tourists are held absolutely every day.
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Hamburg is home to a huge number of religious sites, each of which has its own unique architectural style and unique history. The beautiful Sankt-Jacobi-Kirche was built in the beginning of the 16th century. The halls of the church still keep valuable religious artifacts. In the main hall of the church you will see one of the largest baroque organs in Europe. It was donated to the church in 1693. Beautiful medieval altars are a no less remarkable element of the church. They were installed immediately after the foundation of the church.
Petrikirche is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The first chapel on the site of the modern cathedral was built yet in the 11th century. Two centuries later it was decided to rebuild the chapel and turn it into a massive church. The beautiful gothic building has survived till these days in almost original state. Its interior is still decorated with artful murals created yet in the beginning of the 15th century. Copyright
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Hauptkirche Sankt-Michaelis Church is the most famous religious landmark of Hamburg. There is a beautiful building of the Archangel Michael above the portal. This is a true work of art. The height of the spire of the church is 132 meters and so it is perfectly visible from all parts of the city. Many newcomers use the spire as a beacon. Among the cultural institutions of the city we should definitely mention Ernst Barlach Museum, which exhibits a rich collection of works of art. Beautiful sculptures and paintings by famous German artists will be appreciated by all art connoisseurs. In addition to the standard exhibition the museum often organizes additional exhibitions, in which modern painters and sculptors show off their works. Interesting exhibitions and shows are held here every month.
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St. Michael Church, Hamburg

» The St. Michael Church is the hallmark of Hamburg. The temple built in Late Baroque style and dedicated to the Archangel Michael is the main Protestant church of the city.
» Above the main portal of the temple there is a large bronze statue of the Archangel Michael defeating the devil.
» The belfry of the St. Michael Church reaches a height of 132 meters; it’s the second highest bell tower in Hamburg.
» The tower clock of the bell tower is the largest in Germany.
» There is an observation deck at 106th meter of the belfry, which you can reach via lift or on foot overcoming 453 steps.

Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg

» The Kunsthalle Hamburg is the art museum in Hamburg housed in two interconnected buildings located on the site of the ramparts that once protected the city.
» Total exhibition area of the museum is more than 13,000 m2.
» The main collection of the Kunsthalle Hamburg consists of German and French paintings of the 19th century.
» The museum also has a department of Old Masters and Modern Art.
» The whole complex of buildings is designated for contemporary arts.
» The Engravings Hall of the museum stores more than 100,000 documents.

St. James Church, Hamburg

Location on the map:   Facts: » The St. James Church is one of the most beautiful churches of Hamburg.
» The St. James Church was built back in the 12th century.
» The church is notable for its 125-meter tower.
» The shrine is also known as the Hamburg church with the largest ancient organ. The pipe organ installed in 1693 is the largest baroque organ in Northern Europe featuring 60 registers and 4 thousands of pipes.
» The church is dedicated to Saint James the Great, one of the first disciples of Jesus.
» Three remarkable medieval altars: the altar of Holy Trinity, located in the main choir, the altar of St. Peter in the first south aisle, and the altar of St. Lucas in the second south aisle are attention worth.

St. Catherine Church, Hamburg

Location on the map:   Facts: » The St. Catherine Church is one of the oldest religious buildings in the city. The first mention of the church dates back to 1256.
» The height of the spire of the temple is 115 m.
» The church was consecrated in honor of St. Catherine, the patron saint of sailors.
» Despite the fact that the church was severely damaged during the World War II, it has preserved a huge amount of sacred relics. Crucifixion by the local artist, Wilma Dedek, unique 14th century wooden sculptures and a huge 7-ton bell, cast in 1626 by Hans Neusel, are among them.
» Once well-known composers and organists, such as Johann Adam Reinke, Heinrich Scheidemann and Johann Sebastian Bach, have played the organ installed in the church.

St. Nicholas Church, Hamburg

Location on the map:   Facts: » The St. Nicholas Church is the former neo-gothic Lutheran Church of Hamburg, which is now in ruins.
» The church was badly damaged during the World War II; only a tower of 147 m has survived.
» After restoration in 1990, the church has become a memorial to the events of the WWII.
» To the date, this attraction of the city is the second tallest building in Hamburg.
» The pavilion near the tower houses the small museum with a collection of documents that describe the history of the church; the basement of the church is occupied by the wine museum.
» The top of the church is equipped by an observation deck under the spire, which offers magnificent view of the city. The observation deck can be reached by elevator.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Hamburg

Lake Alster
The Harbour
The Reeperbahn
Where: Reeperbahn, Hamburg;
Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte (Museum of Hamburg History)
Where: Glockengiesserwall 5A, Hamburg; Telephone: +49 40 42 84 12 380;
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♥   Art museum 'Kunsthalle' Hamburg, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Hamburg
♥   Domkirche St. Petri, Bosau, 67.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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