Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lüneburg — Part Two

Lüneburg has three red-brick Gothic churches, my favorite being St. Nikolai, an extremely unconventional design, being long and narrow beneath a very high roof (28.5 m) with graceful rayonnant decorated vaulting. It is also the youngest (!) of the three main churches in Lüneburg, dating from the 1420's. St. Nikolai doesn't look like much from the outside, but its interior dimensions are extraordinary.

I can't find a slide taken from the outside of the Nikolaikirche, so I lifted this one off Wiki Commons. It's clear how the placement of the buttresses enable the unusual height of the building.

But the best recreation in Lüneburg was to wander through the thoroughly medieval streets, empty of traffic on Sunday afternoons.

The local Communist Party headquarters.


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