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Saint Martin's Church, Landshut

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4.8/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
The Church of St. Martin in Landshut is a medieval church in that German city. St. Martin's Church, along with Trausnitz Castle and the celebration of the Landshuter Hochzeit (wedding), are the most important landmarks and historical events of Landshut. This Brick Gothic landmark is the tallest church in Bavaria, and the tallest brick building and church in the world. It is also the 2nd tallest brick structure in the world (after Anaconda Smelter Stack), made without steel supports. St. Martin's church has a height of 130.6m.HistoryIn the year 1204, the town of Landshut was founded by Duke Louis I, Duke of Bavaria the Kelheimer. He established Castle Trausnitz and built a small church on the site of the present-day St. Martin's Church. That structure was superseded by building the existing church, which began in 1389. It took about 110 years to finish the church. During this period, five architects managed the building site. It took 55 years just to build the tower. The church was finally dedicated in 1500.FeaturesThe choir elbow cross of 1495 has an overall length of 8 m . The crucifix is one of the largest of the late Gothic period. The body was carved from a lime tree trunk and has a length of 5.80 m and an arm width of 5.40 m . Made by Michael Erhard, it was installed in 1495.Other important works of art in the church include the high altar, the hexagonal pulpit carved from a single stone, and the "rose wreath/ring Madonna", created by Hans Leinberger and considered one of his most important works of art.
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  • The depiction of evil in the stained glass widows is particularly interesting. The height of the church is spectacular and the figure of Christ suspended from the ceiling is worth looking at. 
  • The Tower, the light flooded ship, the ornaments of the side entrances, the crucified Jesus on the altar or the size of the Church, impress and make the St. Martin's Church worth a visit.
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  • I hit more outward, by its grandeur in size (especially the Bell Tower) and the unusual use of bricks (unusual for the time, that is), rather than the inside, it still retains several tracks of the original frescoes. Shame we could not visit the underground environments with excavations of the previous Church.
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