I knew they had big churches, cathedrals even, but I was not prepared for just how massive these structures are. It is mind blowing to stand in a church that took more than 600 years to build -not 600 years old- a building that was 600 years in the making. One of the churches we visited in Lübeck was St. Mary's.
In about 1200 A.D. the magistrate and the merchants of Lübeck launched an extraordinary project: right in the center of the city, they started building a church. The vault spans the impressive nave at a height of about 126 feet, and the twin spires are more than 400 feet tall. This church set the pattern doe about seventy churches in the Baltic region.
Massive though this church is there other churches in the city, most nearly as large as St. Mary's. We had a great day walking the streets of Lübeck, eating at a small cafe, and filming on an episode of Garrett [the european traveler].
In the back of St. Mary's are a pair of bells. On the ground. Smashed and sunken into the floor. During the night preceding Palm Sunday of 1942, St. Mary's was heavily damaged during the British air raid on Lübeck. That night, the bells crashed to the ground. To this day the bells remain beneath the southern spire bearing testament to the events of WWII.