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Christoph Schoener - The Organ Toccatas | Johann Sebastian Bach, St. Michaelis, Hamburg
Christoph Schoener - The Organ Toccatas | Johann Sebastian Bach, St. Michaelis, Hamburg
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: Martin Teschner
Inside the magnificent baroque church of St Michael, HAMBURG (GERMANY)
Inside the magnificent baroque church of St Michael, HAMBURG (GERMANY)
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: Vic Stefanu - World Travels and Adventures
St Michaelis Church- Hamburg, Germany, Davidsbeenhere.com
St Michaelis Church- Hamburg, Germany, Davidsbeenhere.com
Published: 2009/10/20
Channel: Davidsbeenhere
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St. Michael's Church - Walking Tour, Hamburg, Germany 4K UHD
Published: 2017/02/28
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Hamburg (Germany) Travel - St. Michaelis Church
Hamburg (Germany) Travel - St. Michaelis Church
Published: 2011/03/15
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Masonic Rituals at St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg, Michaelmas Day, 29th Sept. 2012
Masonic Rituals at St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg, Michaelmas Day, 29th Sept. 2012
Published: 2012/10/09
Channel: kinmeru
Famous St. Michael Church of Hamburg
Famous St. Michael Church of Hamburg
Published: 2015/01/08
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Hamburg - St Michael Church
Hamburg - St Michael Church
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: Daniel Pereira de Melo
Hamburg bei Nacht - Michel Hamburg - Hauptkirche Sankt (St) Michaelis - 2016
Hamburg bei Nacht - Michel Hamburg - Hauptkirche Sankt (St) Michaelis - 2016
Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: Eulenpause
St  Michael
St Michael's Church, Hamburg !
Published: 2017/02/15
Channel: V4U 3
The Bells of St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg
The Bells of St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg
Published: 2013/01/11
Channel: Solent Richard
View from the St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg
View from the St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg
Published: 2011/12/04
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Travel Talk ID: In Front of St.Michael Church, Hamburg, Jerman with Intan Wibisono, Summer 2013
Travel Talk ID: In Front of St.Michael Church, Hamburg, Jerman with Intan Wibisono, Summer 2013
Published: 2013/07/08
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So klingt Hamburg - Die neue Uhrschlagmelodie des Michel
So klingt Hamburg - Die neue Uhrschlagmelodie des Michel
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: Stiftung St. Michaelis
Lifting up St Michaelis (Michel) in Hamburg, Germany
Lifting up St Michaelis (Michel) in Hamburg, Germany
Published: 2017/05/09
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St. Michael
St. Michael's Church
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: sheldon savard
#DailyDrone: St. Michael
#DailyDrone: St. Michael's Church
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: DW English
Travel Talk ID: St.Michael Church Rooftop, Hamburg, Jerman with Intan Wibisono, Summer 2013
Travel Talk ID: St.Michael Church Rooftop, Hamburg, Jerman with Intan Wibisono, Summer 2013
Published: 2013/07/08
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Hamburg Michel Glocken 2A-Null+3C+4D+5E+6F SO:2.08.15 um 9:30h
Hamburg Michel Glocken 2A-Null+3C+4D+5E+6F SO:2.08.15 um 9:30h
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: Hans Jörg Gerdes
360° St. Michaelis Church (Michel). From Bottom To The Top
360° St. Michaelis Church (Michel). From Bottom To The Top
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Hamburg Ahoi
Ave Maria - St, Michaelis Church in Hamburg
Ave Maria - St, Michaelis Church in Hamburg
Published: 2013/06/26
Channel: blauermax
Michaeliskirche  St Michaelis Church Hamburg
Michaeliskirche St Michaelis Church Hamburg
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: Hellmuth Chlebowsky
St. Michaelis "Der Michel" Hamburg Full HD Panoramic View
St. Michaelis "Der Michel" Hamburg Full HD Panoramic View
Published: 2015/03/26
Channel: JN Videoproductions
E90DEH03 - High up at the St.Michaelis in Hamburg, freezing!
E90DEH03 - High up at the St.Michaelis in Hamburg, freezing!
Published: 2010/11/17
Channel: Jack Chiang
Aufzug Liftfabrik im Kirchturm St.Michaelis(Michel) Hamburg
Aufzug Liftfabrik im Kirchturm St.Michaelis(Michel) Hamburg
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: Hanh Phuoc Hua
Hamburg, Germany - St. Michaelis church bells
Hamburg, Germany - St. Michaelis church bells
Published: 2017/07/22
Channel: Kerry and Jenny
St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg
St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg
Published: 2009/03/09
Channel: Iohan Salut
Hamburger Michel evangelische Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis Der Michel
Hamburger Michel evangelische Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis Der Michel
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: Diedrich Saathoff
St Michaelis Church Hamburg
St Michaelis Church Hamburg
Published: 2008/08/07
Channel: Aendrel
St. Michel Hamburg
St. Michel Hamburg
Published: 2015/05/06
Channel: Dirk Willecke
Der Hamburger Michel
Der Hamburger Michel
Published: 2013/12/04
Channel: Gabrielshep
St. Michel Hamburg
St. Michel Hamburg
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: Olga Merdinger
Glockenläuten im Michel // Hamburg 2012
Glockenläuten im Michel // Hamburg 2012
Published: 2012/12/14
Channel: LokschuppenLoh
GoPro Hero 3 Hamburg Kirche St Michaelis Christtum Alle Einnahmen von diesem Video werden gespendet.
GoPro Hero 3 Hamburg Kirche St Michaelis Christtum Alle Einnahmen von diesem Video werden gespendet.
Published: 2012/12/06
Channel: Hamburger Alsterwasser
Hamburg. 2008. vol.73 St. Michaelis Kirche.
Hamburg. 2008. vol.73 St. Michaelis Kirche.
Published: 2011/09/12
Channel: TravelersSpirit
Hamburg. 2008. vol.86 St. Michaelis Kirche. Bell.
Hamburg. 2008. vol.86 St. Michaelis Kirche. Bell.
Published: 2011/09/12
Channel: TravelersSpirit
Das Warzeichen von Hamburg "Der Michel" Fahrt zur Aussichtsplattform in 105meter (HD)
Das Warzeichen von Hamburg "Der Michel" Fahrt zur Aussichtsplattform in 105meter (HD)
Published: 2015/06/16
Channel: Kirmes Fun & Sport und mehr in Hamburg
St.Michaelis Kirche-Der Michel-Hamburg.
St.Michaelis Kirche-Der Michel-Hamburg.
Published: 2014/10/24
Channel: Renaswelt
St Michael Hamburg
St Michael Hamburg
Published: 2015/05/15
Channel: Nigel Allcoat
Hamburg. 2008. vol.85 St. Michaelis Kirche.
Hamburg. 2008. vol.85 St. Michaelis Kirche.
Published: 2011/09/12
Channel: TravelersSpirit
St. Michaelis church in Hamburg
St. Michaelis church in Hamburg
Published: 2011/05/07
Channel: Aidas Bendoraitis
Hamburg, St. Michaelis: Glocken der Evangelisch Lutherische Kirche (Plenum)
Hamburg, St. Michaelis: Glocken der Evangelisch Lutherische Kirche (Plenum)
Published: 2013/02/09
Channel: DennisWubs
Uhrwerk - Michel Hamburg - Hauptkirche Sankt (St) Michaelis - 2016
Uhrwerk - Michel Hamburg - Hauptkirche Sankt (St) Michaelis - 2016
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: Eulenpause
Inside Sankt Michaelis Church in Hamburg
Inside Sankt Michaelis Church in Hamburg
Published: 2013/11/18
Channel: LateAtNight
St Michael´s Cathedral - Hamburg
St Michael´s Cathedral - Hamburg
Published: 2010/08/18
Channel: petehazes
Hamburg. 2008. vol.78 St. Michaelis Kirche.
Hamburg. 2008. vol.78 St. Michaelis Kirche.
Published: 2011/09/12
Channel: TravelersSpirit
Hamburg. 2008. vol.76 St. Michaelis Kirche.
Hamburg. 2008. vol.76 St. Michaelis Kirche.
Published: 2011/09/12
Channel: TravelersSpirit
Fahrstuhl - Michel Hamburg - Hauptkirche Sankt (St) Michaelis - 2016
Fahrstuhl - Michel Hamburg - Hauptkirche Sankt (St) Michaelis - 2016
Published: 2017/02/12
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Melodious choir at St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg
Melodious choir at St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg
Published: 2013/06/18
Channel: ShashiKanth Bobba
Rehearsal of "Bach (again)" in St. Michaelis church / Hamburg 03.02.2012
Rehearsal of "Bach (again)" in St. Michaelis church / Hamburg 03.02.2012
Published: 2012/02/04
Channel: Wiebke Krull
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St. Michael's Church
Hauptkirche St. Michaelis
Michel
Hamburg-Michaeliskirche-Hafen.jpg
View of St. Michael's from the Port of Hamburg
Basic information
Location Quarter of Neustadt, Hamburg, Germany
Geographic coordinates 53°32′54″N 9°58′44″E / 53.548333°N 9.978889°E / 53.548333; 9.978889Coordinates: 53°32′54″N 9°58′44″E / 53.548333°N 9.978889°E / 53.548333; 9.978889
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Website http://www.st-michaelis.de/
Architectural description
Architectural style Baroque
Completed 1669/1786/1912
Height (max) 132 m

St. Michael's Church (German: Hauptkirche Sankt Michaelis, colloquially called Michel, German pronunciation: [ˈmɪçəl]) is one of Hamburg's five Lutheran main churches (Hauptkirchen) and the most famous church in the city. St. Michaelis is a landmark of the city and it is considered to be one of the finest Hanseatic Protestant baroque churches. The church was purposely built Protestant unlike many other Hamburg churches which were originally built by Roman Catholics and were converted to Protestantism during the Reformation. It is dedicated to the Archangel Michael. A large bronze statue, standing above the portal of the church shows the archangel conquering the devil.

The 132-meter high Baroque spire totally covered with copper is a prominent feature of Hamburg’s skyline and has always been a landfall mark for ships sailing up the river Elbe.

History[edit]

St. Michael's Victory over the Devil, sculpture above the main entrance

The present church building is the third one at this site. The first one was built from 1647 to 1669. It became the church of the new town (Neustadt), which was created in 1625 inside the new city walls, and which grew steadily since. In 1687, the Michel became the fifth chapter church (Hauptkirche), as the new town (Neustadt) became a parish. That church was destroyed on March 10, 1750, by a lightning strike. The original church has been replicated and built in 9 different cities around the world.

In 1786, a new construction following the design of Johann Leonhard Prey (de) and Ernst Georg Sonnin (de) was completed. This is the church as we know it today. It was reconstructed twice in the 20th century: after catching fire in 1906 during construction work and after the bombings of 1944 and 1945. Since 1983, renovation is ongoing: first the spire and then the roof.

The composer and pianist Johannes Brahms was baptized on May 26, 1833 in this church and confirmed at the age of fifteen by Pastor von Ahlsen, who had married Brahms's parents.

Architecture[edit]

Aerial photo from about 1920

Offering 2,500 seats, the Michel is the largest church in Hamburg. The church has a Latin cross plan with 44 m width, 52 m length and 27 m height.

The 132-meter-high, characteristic steeple dominates the skyline of the city and was considered as an orientation mark for ships sailing on the river Elbe. In 83 meters, the tower platform offers an excellent panoramic view over the city and the harbour, can be climbed, but there also is a lift. The clock in the church tower is the largest of its kind in Germany.

The church has five organs including a Marcussen organ and a large Steinmeyer organ with its 85 registers, 5 manuals and 6674 pipes. On 9 October 2008, St. Michael’s received a new crypt organ, named after Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

The pulpit is in the center of the building which was crafted out of marble by sculptor Otto Lessing from Dresden in 1910. It was designed to look like a rounded chalice and features a magnificent staircase. The large pulpit roof is crowned by the Angel of Annunciation.

Made from white marble, the baptismal font was crafted in Livorno in 1763 and donated by Hamburg merchants who lived there at that time. The baptismal font is reminiscent of a seashell and supported by three baptism angels.

The baroque pulpit and altar of St. Michael's Church

The altar is 20 meters tall and was built from costly marble in 1910. The altar features three sections illustrating key scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. The central image portrays the Resurrection of Jesus and, below it, a relief depicts the Last Supper. Above the central image, there is a large crucifix. Located at the very top, the altar crown takes the form of a dove as a symbol of the Holy Spirit and is surrounded by a radiant circle. To the right and left of the radiant circle, two angels are kneeling and bowing their heads.

Crypt[edit]

In the church crypt, there are 2,425 people interred, including Johann Mattheson and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The grave chambers are deeply excavated for four coffins above the other. During the French occupation of Hamburg in 1813, burials were banned within the city and therefore also in the crypt. In 2004, some of the graves were opened and documented by scientists. In the process, they found some less well-preserved coffins and several intact coffins containing skeletal remains and well-preserved garments and textile upholstery. In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy families in Hamburg, fraternities, government offices and those with the benefit of burial funds acquired graves here. Well-preserved coffin carts can still be found in the crypt today. In the days when people were still buried in the crypt, the carts were used to transport the coffins. During the Second World War, the crypt was used as a shelter. In early 2000, the crypt was renovated and is now used for church services and concerts.

Lutheran bishops[edit]

The church is the seat of one of the three bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany.

Burials[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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