St. Mary's Church, Stralsund

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St. Mary's Church (German: Marienkirche) is a large Lutheran church located in Stralsund, northern Germany.[1] Built some time before 1298, it is architecturally Gothic, an example of the brick gothic style prevalent in northern Germany. Between 1549 and 1647, it was the tallest building in the world at 151 metres (495 ft) tall, excepting the interval 1569–1573 between the completion and collapse of the tower of Beauvais Cathedral.

Saint Mary's Church
Stralsund Marienkirche 2006.jpg
Record height
Tallest in the world from 1549 to 1647[I]
Preceded byLincoln Cathedral
Surpassed byStrasbourg Cathedral
General information
LocationStralsund, Germany
Coordinates54°18′37″N 13°05′16″E / 54.310169°N 13.087846°E / 54.310169; 13.087846Coordinates: 54°18′37″N 13°05′16″E / 54.310169°N 13.087846°E / 54.310169; 13.087846
Completedbefore 1298
Antenna spirecurrently 104 m (341 ft)

The bell tower collapsed in 1382, and was rebuilt by 1478. In 1495, the steeple tower blew down during a severe storm, and was then rebuilt taller. This was subsequently struck by lightning in 1647, and burned down, and was rebuilt as a baroque dome, which, completed in 1708, can be seen today. The tower is currently 104 metres (341 ft) tall.


  1. ^ "World Architecture Image". Retrieved 26 February 2014.

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Preceded by
Lincoln Cathedral
World's tallest structure
151 m
Succeeded by
Strasbourg Cathedral