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“Piece of history, left untouched”
Review of Aegidienkirche

Aegidienkirche
Ranked #7 of 151 things to do in Hannover
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

As other reviewers have mentioned here, there isn’t much information onsite regarding the complete history of this church, which was mostly destroyed during WWII.

Sites such as this one are important, as a reminder of historic events, and to show how we can rise above the past for a brighter future. As an American, it was interesting to visit with one of our German friends, since it demonstrates what a beautiful thing it is that we can be friends now in the 2010s, despite the animosity between our countries back in the 1940s. It shows how far we have come by learning from the mistakes of the past.

Thank TheNautiFloridian
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

The church was built in 1347. In World War II bombing, the church was left a shell, with only its exterior walls standing. Instead of attempting to restore the church, it was decided that it should be left as a war memorial. The church has a bell, which was a gift from Hannover sister city, Hiroshima. Every year, on Hiroshima Day, there is a peace ceremony and the bell is rung each hour. Close to Hannover Hbf, a must see, if you visit the city.

Thank R1595PCjohnt
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

This church was left the way it is after WW2. Its an interesting place to visit, and the peace bell which was given as a gift by partnercity Hiroshima, is a token of remembrance. I do however find the amount of information given limited, would love to know more about the history of the newly placed bell-tower of 1958. thats totally absent, a missed opportunity.

1  Thank Luecht
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Tucked away in the city, this is a tremendous reminder of devastation which war brings.
Very powerful monument made from ruins of old church.

Thank aleksandar1s
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

It was destroyed in World War II, and was left in ruins as a war memorial.
Several Baroque epitaphs are featured on the outer walls. One of them, for Susanna Magdalena Oldekop, who died in 1648 as a child, shows her with an angel. In 1985, the Japanese sister city of Hanover, Hiroshima, donated a peace bell which is installed close to the tower. It is used in an annual service on Hiroshima Day, 6 August. A very though provoking and solemn place, ideal as a place of reflection for what happened during WW2.

1  Thank Big_Jeff_Leo
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