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St. Nicholas' Church, Berlin: 15 reviews and 35 photos

  Details of the exterior wall.
by Kakapo2

As with all other monuments in Berlin, the age of Nikolaikirche is relative. The church dates back to 1230 and therefore is Berlin?s oldest church, located in Berlin?s oldest and most picturesque quarter (Nikolaiviertel). The wonderful thing is that some parts are really from this era. Well, not a lot ? but the four-storey base of the west tower which looks a bit like a fortification is that old, and it was integrated into the new church from the 15th century. The neo-Gothic twin towers, very distinctive for the extremely pointed helm-roofs, were added in 1878. And then? same story? World War II, bombs, rubble, ruin. Not before 1980 to 1987 the burnt-out ruin was reconstructed, ready for Berlin?s 750th anniversary. Thanks to some remains of the vaults it was possible to keep to the original colour scheme.

You would not think that the major parts of the church are of such recent date. When you walk around it you feel like stepping back in time, discovering historic looking details on the exterior walls, some beautifully carved stone plates with angels and coats of arms. Of course, also the atmosphere contributes to this feeling, walking through Berlin?s medieval history.

The church is consecrated to the patron saint of the merchants. The original building was a pillar basilica made of stone. At the end of the 13th century the nave was transformed into a brick hall-church, with three naves identical in height. This had not been seen before in the region and was copied everywhere within the next decades. The construction of the choir was started in the 1370s but interrupted by the big fire in the city in 1380. Probably it was not finished before 1400. In the middle of the 15th century the main nave, the northern addition to the choir and the Liebfrauenkapelle (chapel) in the south-west were built. From 1876 to 1878 Hermann Blankenstein removed most of the Baroque modifications and rebuilt the front towers; since then it has its symmetrical structure.

Open Tue ? Sun 10am ? 6pm, Wed 12noon ? 8pm
Entry free

Address: Nikolaikirchplatz, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Directions: U-Bahn U2, station Klosterstraße or Märkisches Museum/Inselstraße
S-Bahn station Alexanderplatz

Phone: (030) 24 00 21 62
Website: http://www.stadtmuseum.de/nikolaikirche

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 30, 2007
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