Essential Architecture-  Germany

St. Mary's Church, Stralsund Marienkirche




Stralsund, northern Germany




Brick Gothic


World's tallest structure 1625—1647. The present 104 metre polygonal spire dates from 1708.


Marienkirche (St. Mary's church) is located in Stralsund, northern Germany.
St. Mary’s was first mentioned in 1298 as a parish church in the New Town. It attained its present form between 1384 and 1478. The imposing westwork, built from 1416, is unparalleled in the architecture of the time. Until the 1647 fire, the tower was 151 metres high. The present 104 metre polygonal spire dates from 1708. St. Mary’s Church is the youngest Gothic brick basilica in northern Europe. It has a polygonal ambulatory with radiating chapels. An unusual feature is the triple nave transept.. The interior dimensions of the building are impressive. It is 96 metres long, 41 metres wide, and the nave is 32.95 metres high. It is thus the second largest brick church in the Hanseatic area after St. Mary’s in Gdansk. Little remains of the original interior elements. The most precious possession of the church is the Baroque organ, the last work of the Lübeck organ builder Friedrich Stellwagen, created in 1659. Under good weather conditions, the viewing deck in the church tower, 366 steps high, affords a unique panorama of the city, that includes the islands of Rügen and Hiddensee, and the Baltic Sea.

Neuer Markt, 18439 Stralsund
Phone: 03831 – 29 35 29
Fax: 03831 – 29 89 66

Opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 10-17
Sun: 11.30-17.00

Guided Tours:
German, English

Entrance fees:
the entrance is for free
climbing up the tower : adults 4,00 €; reduced 2,00€