Saturday, April 10, 2010

MyWorld Tuesday: Churches

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I recently noticed just how many churches there are in Hamburg (apart from the five main churches you can see here ) and many are quite old and look very impressive. Above is the Christuskirche in Altona, a Baptist church built in 1915.

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The Christianskirche was built in 1738 and one of only a few baroque buildings in Hamburg. There was a church there since 1548, when Ottensen was just a village (it then became part of Altona and Altona became part of Hamburg). The church is also called Klopstockkirche because the poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock was buried there in 1803 in a huge ceremony. His grave and those of his two wives are still there.
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The cemetery has been in use from 1537-1929 and there are many beautiful old gravestone, this one is from the 1860s:
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And a last church, the Kreuzkirche, built in 1898. Then, it stood on a meadow - these days, it stands on a traffic island in the middle of a busy street. This sounds worse than it really is, though, great care was taken to shelter the church from the traffic with trees and rhododendron.
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18 comments:

Dina said...

You collected some great old churches.
The first one surprises me. We are not used to seeing Baptist churches like that.

Pam said...

I enjoy seeing the wonderful architecture of old churches and these are beautiful examples. The stonework is amazing.

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post and great photos! I, too, am surprised at the Baptist church. The old gravestones are lovely! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Esther Garvi said...

The last one was my favourite!

Catherine said...

atmospheric shots...

ewok1993 said...

churches, especially those that are old, are a fascinating photo subjects.

Carver said...

These are beautiful old churches and also a very interesting post about them.

Martha Z said...

Quite a variety of old churches. Baptists? I never think of Germany when I think of Baptists. Old gravestones are always interesting. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Johnny Nutcase said...

these are so perfect for monochrome. mysterious looking architecture and buildings, i really like these shots! great series .

Indrani said...

Nice B&W effect of the shots.

Rajesh said...

The churches are really impressive and grand.

Grace and Bradley said...

Nice shots, they look a bit spooky to me.

luna miranda said...

i love old churches and cemeteries. the old tombstones are beautiful!

Denise said...

I have enjoyed your photos very much. The churches are incredibly beautiful.

Regina said...

Love Gothic churches.
Beautiful shots!

Arija said...

Lovely to see some of the old churches and particularly the old gravestones.

bettyl said...

I would live to visit Europe and just tour the wonderful old buildings. Thanks for sharing the churches!

Kristin said...

Thanks for sharing and for the information. It is so wonderful to see the world in your perspective.

Great architecture. Wonderful shots as well. Simple facinating.

Have been exploring and looking through pictures of buildings especially churches all around the world. It's amazing to find how the architecture, style and design differs. Everyone of it is so unique.