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Aegidienkirche

Consider the folly of mankind and the terror of war as you tour the surviving parts of a religious institution ruined by bombing.

The Aegidienkirche is a partially destroyed 14th-century church that suffered extensive damage from World War II bombing. Today, this ruined masterpiece continues to stand in Hannover’s Old Town district as a reminder of the horrors of war. Consider the importance of the church’s symbolism and its link to its sister city of Hiroshima.

Note how the empty window frames leave a hollow impression in this church, which is missing its roof. Pointed triangular features stand naked above the stone arches. Gaze up at the tall bell tower that was reconstructed after largely surviving the bombings.

Listen to the ringing of the carillon bells, which takes place four times daily. A special bell inside was a gift from the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On August 6 every year, delegations from these two cities meet here to mark the time of the detonation of the atomic bomb in Japan.

Follow the red thread on the sidewalk that leads to the church as part of a city walking tour. Large swathes of green foliage have conquered portions of the remaining walls. Marvel at the bright red tinges within the green creepers in autumn. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere here and meditate on the human condition. Come to this site at night, when you might see worshippers holding candles in prayer.

Inspect the various statues and the large cross adorning this monument. It was built in 1347 and played an important role in the religious history of Hannover, before it was devastated by bombing in 1943.

Visit the monument for free. It remains open to the public at all times.

The Aegidienkirche is at the southern end of the Old Town district in Hannover. Ride the U-Bahn transportation system to the Hannover Aegidientorplatz stop and walk west for a couple of blocks to get here. Visit nearby attractions, such as Theater am Aegi and the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) and the surrounding Maschpark.


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