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Two more out of seven Lübeck's old town spires.
These belong to Dom, cathedral.

First I pasted here an exempt from wikipedia about the Dom in Lubeck, but then I realized nobody reads to the bottom so I decided to put my comments first and then the message about the Dom's history.
Basically my idea here was to paste some historic info about the church but in wikipedia there was more info about what happened to the church in the WWII than about its earlier history.
It is always sad to read about the magnificent buildings which were destroyed in the WWII.
However you may say Lubeck was pretty lucky.
One fifth of the old town damaged is not much if you compare it to what happened to Warsaw:

From wikipedia about Warsaw:
Hitler, ignoring the agreed terms of the capitulation, ordered the entire city to be razed to the ground and the library and museum collections taken to Germany or burned. Monuments and government buildings were blown up by special German troops known as Verbrennungs und Vernichtungskommando ("Burning and Destruction Detachments"). About 85% of the city had been destroyed, including the historic Old Town and the Royal Castle.

And now from wikipedia about the Dom in Lubeck:
In 1173 Henry the Lion founded the cathedral to serve the diocese of Lübeck, after the transfer in 1160 of the bishop's seat from Oldenburg in Holstein under bishop Gerold.
The then Romanesque cathedral was completed around 1230, but between 1266 and 1335 it was converted into a Gothic-style building with side-aisles raised to the same height as the main aisle (around 20m).
On the night of Palm Sunday (28-29 March) 1942 a bombing raid destroyed a fifth of the town centre. Several bombs fell in the area around the church, causing the eastern vault of the quire to collapse and destroying the altar which dated from 1696. A fire from the neighbouring cathedral museum spread to the truss of the cathedral, and around noon on Palm Sunday the towers collapsed. An Arp Schnitger organ was lost in the flames. Nevertheless, a relatively large portion of the internal fittings was saved, including the cross and almost all of the medieval polyptychs. In 1946 a further collapse, of the gable of the north transept, destroyed the vestibule almost completely.
Reconstruction of the cathedral took several decades, as greater priority was given to the rebuilding of the Marienkirche. Work was completed only in 1982.

Let's hope these bad times will never come back again.

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