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Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker: construction sponsored by merchants and seamen

It took a record number of construction materials to build a gothic church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker in Wismar: three million bricks – ordinary, glazed, decorated with ornaments, images of the Virgin Mary, Nicholas the Miracle Worker, lions, and dragons. An expensive architectural project was funded by the local merchants and seamen in 1370-1508.

You are reminded of the role of seafarers in the construction of the church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker by a 1.5 meter tall ship model mounted in the church and a 10 meter high fresco with the image of St. Christopher, the saint patron of wayfarers. There is another monumental painting – the genealogy of Christ in the shape of a tree with portraits. Merchants were not forgotten either: guilds had their own altars. The church is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage. 

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