St. Mary's Church, Stralsund

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Saint Mary's Church
Stralsund Marienkirche 2006.jpg
Record height
Tallest in the world from 1549 to 1647[I]
Preceded by Lincoln Cathedral
Surpassed by Strasbourg Cathedral
General information
Location Stralsund, Germany
Coordinates 54°18′37″N 13°05′16″E / 54.310169°N 13.087846°E / 54.310169; 13.087846Coordinates: 54°18′37″N 13°05′16″E / 54.310169°N 13.087846°E / 54.310169; 13.087846
Completed before 1298
Height
Antenna spire currently 104 m (341 ft)

St. Mary's Church (German: Marienkirche) is a large Lutheran church located in Stralsund, northern Germany.[1]

Built some time before 1298, it is architecturally Gothic, an example of the brick gothic style prevalent in northern Germany. Between 1549 and 1647, it was the tallest building in the world at 151 metres (495 ft) tall.

The bell tower collapsed in 1382, and was rebuilt by 1478. In 1495, the steeple tower blew down during a severe storm, and was then rebuilt taller. This was subsequently struck by lightning in 1647, and burned down, and was rebuilt as a baroque dome, which, completed in 1708, can be seen today. The tower is currently 104 metres (341 ft) tall.

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Records
Preceded by
Lincoln Cathedral
World's tallest structure
1549—1647
151 m
Succeeded by
Strasbourg Cathedral

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Architecture Image". Retrieved 26 February 2014.