Hamburg’s favorite church deserves a quick stop just because it’s so venerable, founded in 1192 and in continuous use since. The lion-head knocker on the main door dates from 1342, making it the oldest piece of art in Hamburg, though little else in the church can claim similarly notable provenance or artistic merit. One other illuminating work is a painting on a column in the south part of the nave, Christmas in 1813 in St. Peter’s. It shows Napoleon’s troops locking citizens inside the church to let them starve, an act of revenge carried out after the town collectively refused to provide their occupiers with food. The troops stabled their horses in the 16th-century church tower, leaving it in such bad shape that it had to be torn down before it collapsed. The present church itself dates from the mid-19th century, after the earlier structure was razed by a fire. World War II bombers attempted many times to repeat that destruction, but they failed—making St. Peter’s one of old Hamburg’s proud survivors. The best time to visit is Wednesday afternoon at 5:15, when the organ pumps out a Stunde der Kirchenmusik (Hour of Church Music).
St. Petri Kirche
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