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Görlitz: Innenraum der Peterskirche, Blick zum Altar - Interior of St. Peter's Church, looking towards the altar | by riesebusch
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Görlitz: Innenraum der Peterskirche, Blick zum Altar - Interior of St. Peter's Church, looking towards the altar

Die Peterskirche, offiziell St. Peter und Paul, ist mit einer Länge von 72 Metern, einer Breite von 39 Metern und einer Mittelschiffshöhe von 24 Metern eine der größten und bedeutendsten Hallenkirchen im Osten Deutschlands. Bereits um 1230 stand an diesem Ort eine Basilika, deren Westbau als einziger Teil bis heute erhalten blieb. Die heutige Hallenkirche wurde im ersten Jahrzehnt des 15. Jahrhunderts begonnen. Die Fertigstellung erfolte im Wesentlichen 1465. Die beiden Türme wurden zwischen 1889 und 1891 mit den oberen Geschossen und Turmhelmen aus Beton auf eine Höhe von 84 Metern gebracht. Die Sonnenorgel verdankt ihren Namen der Tatsache, dass auf dem 1703 fertiggestellten Prospekt 16 Sonnen verteilt sind.

St. Peter's Church, the full official name is St. Peter's and Paul's, is with a length of 72 meters, a width of 39 metres and a central nave height of 24 metres one of the largest and most important hall churches in Eastern Germany. As early as about 1230, a basilica was standing at the same site, the western structure of which is still existing. Construction of the present hall church began in the first decade of the 15th century. It was essentially finnished in 1465. Between 1889 and 1891, additional storeys and concrete steeples were built on top of the two towers, elevating their height to 84 metres. The "Sun Organ" owes its name to the 16 sun symbols distributed on the prospect from 1703.

Görlitz is the easternmost town of Germany and, with 55.000 inhabitants, the largest of the region of Upper Lusatia. It is situated on the Lusatian Neisse river established as Germany's Eastern frontier after World War II. As a consequence, the part of the town situated on the East shore of the river constitutes now the Polish town of Zgorzelec. Both parts of the town declared themselves "City of Europe" in 1998, cooperating in the urban management. Görlitz was left nearly unharmed by destructions in World War II. And so all important phases of urban development and architecture have been preserved without great modifications. Görlitz boasts more than 4.000 cultural and architectural monuments, forming the largest area under monumental protection in Germany.

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Taken on November 4, 2017