The history of the Hanseatic city can be seen in an impressive way at Lübeck’s St. Mary’s Church. The approximately 40,000 visitors to the basilica each year can admire a wide variety of architectural styles – from Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque to the present day. In particular, the destruction by bombing in 1942 was a great blow to the church and the city of Lübeck. As one of the most important churches in Northern Europe, St. Mary’s Church in Lübeck is a prime example of successful reconstruction. Impressively, one can experience the cultural history of Christianity as well as the development of sacred art from the 13th to the 21st century.