Churches

Churches

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Hamburg's silhouette is dominated by the towers of its five main churches, all of which are worth seeing, even up close. St. Michaelis, the Michel as we call it, is perhaps the city's best-known landmark, although it is the youngest of the quintet, and its tower has become Hamburg's landmark for arriving ships. St. Nikolai was the tallest building in the world for just under 20 years and is now sadly only a commemorative ruin, St. Petri is the oldest in the city, St. Jacobi has the largest baroque organ in the world, which is very well preserved, and St. Katharinen is the seafarer's church and the gold crown of its tower is said to be the melted-down treasure of the pirate Klaus Störtebeker. Of course, Anglophile Hamburg also has one of the oldest Anglican churches outside Britain, the handsome Church of St Thomas à Becket, built in 1838.
"Hamburg's silhouette is dominated by the towers of its five main churches."
Dirk Bossmann, Concierge