Scorch marks

Have you ever wondered why the wall looks like this? The builders didn’t forget to renovate this part of St. Michael’s. Traces of fire are visible on the bricks, reminding us that fires have played a major role in the history of the church and that Hamburg residents aren’t willing to give up their St. Michael’s – not even to fire.

Lightning struck the tower of the first St. Michael’s in 1750, reducing the church to rubble and ash. The people of Hamburg soon decided to build another church on the same spot and Architect Sonnin managed to create a true work of art with the new construction.