Silent Sunday….. A Church Visit


 Marienkirche, Rostock, Germany

For such a large Church, Marienkirche (St. Marys) is well hidden in the side streets of the Hanseatic City of Rostock.

It is indeed an enormous Gothic Brick construction dating back to the 13th century (it was further enlarged during the 14th century).  I say enormous, it is and larger than many Cathedrals I have visited.

The Brick Tower with its many glazed windows is only matched by the interior height of the nave.

Reflecting Rostock’s maritime importance as a member of the Hanseatic League, there hang various models of sailing ships upon which the City built its wealth.  These are overshadowed by the famous Astronomical Clock.  Dating back to 1472 this masterpiece is till operating today…. and worth a visit in its own right

Disaster nearly befell Marienkirche during 3 nights of Air Raids in 1942.  Thankfully swift actions prevented widespread fire damage. 


Well worth a detour on any visit to Rostock… when you find Marienkirche you will be surprised at its size and yet intermit atmosphere

Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

2nd May

(C) David Oakes 2021



Well here are two separate takes on this weeks photo challenge…I think both fit the prescribed instructions for submission….anyway here goes.

The first shots are taken in Tallinn, Estonia.  A narrow cobbled street with medieval tower and high city walls.  Should it be a landscape……


or a Portrait shot? Your choice…..same time, same place yet the atmosphere very different but both equally acceptable.

Another interpretation of the brief may be one subject taken from opposite directions, each shot very different and able to tell a different story.  The next two shots were taken in the 13century church of Marienkirche, Rostock, Germany(east).  The church itself houses many treasurers and artefacts including these two enormous medieval bells….



One shot very much about the bells..the other places them in the church under the enormous Basilica.

Again your choice.


© David Oakes 2013