St. Mary's Church


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The church of st. Mary is one of the most important Rostock churches, as it is the seat of Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Germany. The brick-Gothic building is one of the biggest this kind, and was only slightly changed after middle ages.

The first information about the church came from 1232, but may refer to the previous building at the same place. The church was extended until 14th century, later only the tower was added.
Huge construction is one of the dominating features of Rostock landscape, but the most interesting features st. Mary's church hide inside. Bronze baptismal font origin from 1290, and the high altar from 1721 is a masterpiece of Baroque painting.
The real treasure of the church is astronomical clock, from 1472, the only medieval one which is still working with original clockwork. Two faces show not only the current hour and date, but also day of the week, moon phase, position of the sun over zodiac, hours of sunrise and sunset, and many other information The calendar will be valid till 1217, and the figures of twelve apostles will make every hour their moves for much longer.

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