The fire of 1750
Church following reconstruction ca. 1910

History

Ca. 1600

First St. Michael’s chapel on the grounds of the cemetery outside the city walls. In 1606, the chapel was expanded to create a small St. Michael’s church.

1647–1661

In the final year of the Thirty Years’ War, architects Corbinus and Marquard began construction of the first large St. Michael’s church, 200 metres west of the small church. It was located in Neustadt, inside the expanded city limits.

1685

The church became the fifth main church in Hamburg, alongside St. Peter's, St. Nicholas's, St. Catherine's and St. Jacob's.

1750

The first large-scale St. Michael’s church was struck by lightning and burnt down.

1750–1762

Architects Prey and Sonnin built the second large-scale St. Michael’s church in baroque style. Between 1777 and 1786, Sonnin constructed the tower entirely out of wood with the signature copper roof.

1906

Work with a blowlamp in the tower caused a devastating fire and the church was completely destroyed.

1906–1912

Construction of the third large-scale St. Michael’s church. The old plans were used, this time utilising steel and concrete inside the remaining walls.

1943–1945

St. Michael’s was heavily damaged by the bombing strikes on Hamburg.

1952

Reconsecration of the church. Only the baptismal font and offering box remained from 1763.

1983–2009

Complete restoration of the tower, renovation of the crypt, the facade and the church interior.

 

 

Bank account for donations

Hauptkirche St. Michaelis
IBAN: DE49 20050550 1226 1252 25
BIC: HASPADEHHXXX
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse

Contact

Hauptkirche St. Michaelis zu Hamburg
Englische Planke 1
20459 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0)40 376 780
Fax: +49 (0)40 3767 8310
Email: info@st-michaelis.de

Opening Times

November to April
Daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

May to October
Daily from 9.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.