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  Neue Kirche, interior
by Kathrin_E
  • Neue Kirche, interior - Wismar
      Neue Kirche, interior
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      The medieval baptismal font
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  • Neue Kirche - Wismar
      Neue Kirche
    by Kathrin_E
  • Neue Kirche - Wismar
      Neue Kirche
    by Kathrin_E

The New Church next to the ruin of Marienkirche takes us back to the times of destruction and need after the end of the war. Among the debris, people needed consolation and prayed for a better future. Rebuilding Marienkirche and Georgenkirche was (and still is) a distant dream. As a substitute the small Neue Kirche was built next to the ruin of Marienkirche in 1951. Provisories often have a long life...

The parishes needed new churches that were cheap, easy to build and didn't look too much like barracks. In 1948 the architect Otto Bartning, famous for his protestant church architecture since the 1920s, developed a construction kit, a skeleton of prefabricated wooden frames that could be set up in a day or two. The walls were then filled with bricks from the debris, a work the parish people could do by themselves. Windows and doors were again prefabricated.

About 50 of these so-called "Notkirchen" were built all over Germany in the years 1948-1951 (so Wismar is one of the latest). They show the architect's genius even more than his big pre-war buildings. From practically nothing he created rooms of timeless beauty. Wood and bricks make a warm, homely atmosphere.

The altar and the bronze baptismal font are medieval pieces from Marienkirche that have been saved. They were transferred into the new church and are still in use.

Address: St. Marienkirchhof

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2009
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