February 23, 2018

A Stand Out Moment in Rostock

Ten days into my trip exploring the Historic Highlights of Germany and I had not experienced that one stand out moment like my Goatherd encounter in Mittenwald Germany.  I was beginning to feel it wasn’t going to happen.

That is until the afternoon I wandered into St. Mary’s church in Rostock. 

Outside St. Marys Church Rostock Germany

Your local guide in Rostock!

Beautiful St. Mary’s is located in the old town right off Neuer Market and can be seen for miles.  The large brick Gothic church has guided sailors to Rostock for decades and, today, it can be used by tourists to navigate the city – it sure helped me!

Altar St Marys Church Rostock Germany

Beautiful Altar

Built in the 13th century, St Mary’s was damaged but survived the bombings that devastated Rostock during WWII.

Pulpit St Marys Church Rostock Germany

Ornate pulpit

St. Mary’s is a beautiful church. The gilded altar is spectacular and the one of a kind medieval Astronomic Clock which dates back to 1472 is very interesting!  There are many wonderful ornate features such as the Royal box and the pulpit but the exquisite and enormous Baroque organ from 1770 is probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

Royal Box St Marys Rostock Germany

Exquisite Royal Box

Yes all of these made the church very beautiful but what made it exceptional was the majestic music I was treated to while exploring the church!

ST MARYS CHURCH Rostock Germany  by RAYANDBEE, on Flickr

The organ in St Marys church by Rayandbee, on Flickr

On this afternoon an orchestra and choir were practicing for a performance so my time wandering the church was enhanced by the beautiful and haunting music and voices. Take a listen!

This music really set the tone for my visit!  You could feel the music as it bounced off the walls of this beautiful church. My time in St. Mary’s church was one of “those” stand out moments that I will always remember!


What stand out moments do you have from your travels?


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  2. I am totally in awe of that organ and the altar. I just love old churches, they have so much character.
    That music had me transfixed – and I’m getting it second hand. I can just imagine how moving it must have been for you.

    Anytime I happen upon something totally unexpected, it’s a standout moment for me.
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  3. Shalu Sharma says:

    These are amazing pictures. Such lovely churches and monuments. They speak for themselves.
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  4. Lane says:

    So elaborate! European churches are always so intricate and flowery.
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  5. In keeping with the church theme, being inside Notre Dame was a standout moment. I’ve seen lots of churches and now sort of feel like it’s a duty to visit famous ones when I travel. But the moment I stepped inside Notre Dame, I felt something very different. Yes, it was beautiful, but it was more than that. I sat down and enjoyed the feeling for a while.
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  6. Exquisite Debbie. Reminds me a little of the church in Gorlitz with its spectacular sun organ.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Although I’m not very religious, I visit a lot of churches where ever I travel and the organs are really amazing to me!

  7. Steve says:

    That is a really amazing pulpit, but I can’t imagine the pressure to say something of immense importance if you happen to find yourself up there. Somehow a couple of Psalms just doesn’t seem worthy of such a fantastic stage.
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