Goethestr. 39-41, Schwerin 19053
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Peter Lenk's monument to Henry the Lion
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The new quarter named Schelfstadt was planned in 1705, and the plan included a new parish church which was begun in 1708 and finished five years later. It is officially named St Nikolai but usually known as Schelfkirche.
The vault underneath the altar is the burial place of the Granddukes and Grandduchesses of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
To art historians specialized on protestant church architecture, this church is a well-known landmark. The original interior was designed by court architect Leonhard Christoph Sturm who then wrote an essay on church design based on this project, entitled Architectonisches Bedencken von protestantischer kleinen Kirchen Figur und Einrichtung (Architectoinic reflections on protestant small churches' form and furnishing). I won't bore the rest of you with more details, those who should know will know what I am talking about.
Infortunately Sturm's interior was removed and destroyed in the 19th century and substituted by a historistic design.
The church is open to visitors in the daytime.
The medieval old town hall in market square was described as „looking like a barn“ in the 19th century and did not seem suitable for the residential town of a Grandduke. The magistrate hired court architect Demmler to design a more representative façade.
Demmler selected the English Tudor gothic, just like for the arsenal on Pfaffenteich, to give the building a more representative face. The façade hides the much older building – its back front in Schlachtermarkt gives an idea of its former shape.
A passageway underneath the town hall connects Markt and Schlachtermarkt.
BALTIC SEA - INSEL POEL - HANSESTADT WISMAR - BOLT
Well, I don´t have been to Schwerin... This page is about the coast of the Baltic Sea (Ostsee) some 30 km north of Schwerin.
It´s a popular spot for a summer holiday here in Germany. It´s also perfect for a weekend or daytrip from Hamburg/Hanover/Berlin....
I have stayed at the island "Poel" for a weekend in August 2001 and it was really relaxing. It was a mixture of sightseeing (Hansestadt Wismar) and a refreshing bath in the calm Baltic Sea.
It´s also a place where you find signs of the former GDR in some buildings. These backviews are getting rare in these times now...and for me, as I have seen the GDR a few times it´s always an interesting journey into the past.
I hope you will enjoy your stay here in the "Good Old East"!
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