Essential Architecture-  Hanseatic city of Stralsund

Church of the Holy Spirit Heilgeistkirche




Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, north-eastern Germany.


early 15th century


Hanseatic Brick Gothic




18439 Stralsund
Tel.: 03831 - 29 04 46

Opening hours:
Mon-sat: 10.00-17.00
Sun: 14.00-17.00

the building:
Together with the hospital in Lübeck, the Holy Spirit Hospital in Stralsund is among the best preserved hospital complexes in the southern Baltic region. The oldest part is the Church of the Holy Spirit. It dates from the early 15th century. The small, four-bay hall church has a rectangular termination and a Baroque altar dating from about 1770. The church has both a west portal opening onto Wasserstraße and an east portal, and two doors on the east tribune providing access to a hall known as the “Kirchgang.” Composed of two parallel, two-storey naves, it was built on to the church in 1645 to accommodate the sick, the old, and people in need of care. At the eastern end, the hall is separated from the rest of the hospital by a door. A gallery was built into the Kirchgang in 1680, providing the model for the city hall colonnade. The Church of the Holy Spirit was a garrison church up to 1945 and now serves as a parish church for the parish of St. James. Apartments have been built into the restored Kirchgang.


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