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St.- Andreas-Kirche, Hildesheim

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The church of St. Andreas is the principal Lutheran church of Hildesheim, Germany, not to be confounded with the Catholic Hildesheim Cathedral. Its tower is tall, making it the tallest church tower in Lower Saxony; it is accessible (364 steps) and offers a panoramic view of both the city and surrounding countryside.
The earliest church building on the Treibeinsel dedicated to the Apostle Andreas was a simple pre-Romanesque chapel, which already existed at the death of Bishop Bernward in 1022. Bishop Godehard was brought here after his death in 1038 so the people could mourn.
During the romanesque period, the center of the market and workshops was relocated from the swampy lowlands between Domburg and Michaeliskriche to near St. Andreas. The chapel was subsequently replaced with a romanesque church with a strong westwork.
The building of the gothic church, in the basilica style and romanesque westwork, was begun at the end of the fourteenth century, the choir in 1389, the northern nave in 1404, and the tower in 1503. By 1504, the nave with its side altars was finished and all that remained to be completed was the tower. This was only done in 1883-1890, when the tower reached its current height. The interior, with the quire and the radiating side chapels to the east, was modeled after the French cathedrals.
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  • The 114-meter-high tower of St. Andreas is the tallest spire of Lower Saxony. Interestingly, the spire was completed only in 1883. 500 years after construction began in 1389... The Church itself was.....  more »
  • I have been to Andreas Kirche many times. Located in the city center it is easily accessible both by public and private transportation. The church is very beautiful inside as well as outside. There...  more »
  • Impressive church. The tower is worth a visit if you can manage the stairs!
  • Nice church & the old-town phenomena

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