What you need to know about St. Jacobi

St. Jacobi is one of five “main churches“ (Hauptkirchen) of Hamburg and dates back to 1255. The typical gothic hall church which we see today, however, was built about 100 years later. For a short time its location was outside the city walls and could thus accomodate pilgrims who did not reach the city before its gates were closed at sunset. Hamburg was a stage for St. James pilgrims from the north and the east since it kept two of St. James‘ relics. In 1529 St. Jacobi became a Lutheran church. Hamburg was occupied by Napoleonic troops from 1806 to 1813. St. Jacobi, like others, was used as stables and its equipment was partly vandalized. In 1944 St. Jacobi was destroyed by bombs. Its reconstruction took until 1962. Luckily its famous Arp-Schnitger-Organ and its valuable partly medieval and baroque equipment had been safely stored. Nowadays St. Jacobi is located between the busy streets of Mönckebergstraße and Steinstraße, the first paved street of Hamburg. When entering the peaceful light flooded naves with their three medieval altars, the noise of the city melts away and you are surrounded by an atmosphere of tranquility.

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