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Saint Jacobi Church: photo description (Hauptkirche Sankt Jacobi)

Saint Jacobi Church (of St. James) is one of the main in Hamburg. It refers to Lutheran churches and geographically located in the heart of the city, which of course, contributes to its popularity among tourists. The main feature of the Church is that its tower dominates the city at 125 meters, because it is visible from anywhere in Central Hamburg.

The first mention of this Church is dated to 1255. At the very beginning of its existence, Saint Jacobi Church was a small chapel, which came only a few citizens. Later in its place built a three-nave Gothic Cathedral in compliance with all of its features. It should be noted that the building was incredibly large, but at the same time were distinguished by grace. During the so-called Napoleonic occupation, the Church lost its ecclesiastical importance, was used as stables for horses.

Perhaps not the main feature of the Church is its organ. Tool is the biggest in Europe, it is made in the Baroque style under the project of Art Snitker, creation date is 1693. This is a massive tool of slightly less than 4 thousand pipes, and then there are 4 manual and six dozen registers. Thanks to the famous musicians, put his hand to the instrument, the Church became known far beyond Hamburg. So, the most famous, perhaps, was Johann Sebastian Bach who at one time even claimed to be the site of the first Church organist. Having been refused, a brilliant composer and musician was so upset that he left Hamburg forever, having moved to Leipzig.

During the Second world war the Church was almost destroyed, but since the early 50-ies were carried out its reconstruction. Today it is fully restored, the interior is simple and made according to the photographs taken before the war. Great luck is the fact that despite bombing houses three medieval altar. In the tower at a height of 80 meters is a cafe for fans of amazing city panoramas. Due to happen here on secular concerts, gathering music lovers from all over the world.