Monday, October 12, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday: Michel

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This is the tower of the Michel, the protestant St. Michaelis Church in Hamburg, the most famous church in Hamburg and one of its major landmarks. It's the third church of that name in Hamburg, the first one was built in 1647 and burned down after being hit by lightning in 1750. A second church was built 1786, but it burned down, too, after the tower caught fire while being repaired. A photo of the collapsing tower can be seen here. 1912 the third Michel was finished and while the nave was hit by bombs in 1944 and 1945, the tower survived the destruction of Hamburg in WWII.

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the Michel has six bells, weighing between one and nine tons

it's dedicated to the archangel Michael
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the statue shows Michael conquering the devil
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The tower is 132 meters high, the second-highest building in Hamburg and one of the highest church towers worldwide. You can climb it (or just take the elevator) and it gives you an awesome view over Hamburg.
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the port and the Landungsbrücken

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the town hall (with the tower)

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the Speicherstadt, where the merchants used to store goods like spices and coffee (and some still do, many buildings are office buildings now, though)

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the Heinrich Hertz television tower, also known as Telemichel

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the Medienbunker, a former flaktower and bunker, giving shelter to at least 18.000 people during the air raids in WWII. It now houses media agencies, schools for dance and music, a nightclub, theatre groups ect.

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these are the roofs of a weird little street with houses built in 1670 and used as apartments for widows of Hamburg grocers. The street still looks like it used to and is the last one completely build with timberframe houses in Hamburg. Here's a picture of the street itself - I'm always amazed by the thought that once much of Hamburg looked like that or at least similar.

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12 comments:

Dina said...

You show us so many amazing things today! But the links to the old photos -- very sad. And an air raid shelter for 18,000?! For me the war in Europe is hard to imagine.
So glad the church survived finally.

Sylvia K said...

What a interesting post! And what terrific captures! Really enjoyed reading the history of the church. The houses in the last shot are really fascinating!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

Jack and Joann said...

Well, I've learned a little more about Hamburg, Germany, a city I visited way back in 1972.

Snap said...

Interesting post with wonderful photos and commentary. Thanks so much!

eileeninmd said...

Great series of photos on the church, tower and statues. The view is great too. Glad to see it survived the war.

Erin said...

a beautiful church, the history of it so interesting. and i enjoyed the click throughs. those panoramic shots from the tower...WOW. this is a definite must see when we travel to hamburg.
have a wonderful week.

J Bar said...

Thanks for sharing all these photos.
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Wren said...

Third time's the charm -- thanks for the introduction to Hamburg and to the church.

Dirkjogt said...

That's nice to climb the tower and have this view. Liked the pictures of the bells too.

nadia said...

The 4th picture is absolutely fascinating! It is sad what happened to the previous churches, but glad that this one survived :)

Thank you so much for sharing your world with us.

Arija said...

Thanks for the memories, I especially like the last shot looking down on the roof tops.
We had relatives in Altona so have been in Hamburg quite often.

Tes said...

Interesting history, amazing that is has survived after the war. Lovely photos!