St. Nicholas Cathedral of Hamburg Reconstruction

This is a complete reconstruction of a Gothic Revival Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Hamburg, Germany. It has undergone numerous rebuildings since the middle ages, until the last Neo-Gothic structure which was erected in the 19th century and eventually demolished during the aftermath of World War 2 (and never rebuilt again). The tower is the only structure that survives completely today.

I’m aware this model might not be accurate in terms of decor and window placements as my references were mainly old grainy photographs and paintings, which occasionally display different features from one to another. The dimension also might not be accurate.

Height = 147.3 m / 483 ft
Length = 91.4 m / 300 ft
Width = 47.9 m / 157 ft

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Wow - nice modelling! I guess it took you quite some time.
What are you going to use the model for?
Curious what it would look like when the actual materials would be applied.

it’s time for you to contact the history / art history dept. of hamburg university, there has to be a cathedral nerd with tons of knowledge that can help you adjust all that :stuck_out_tongue:

but exactitude put aside (for obvious reasons), it’s gorgeous !

Time to model the surrounding buildings for an in-situ maybe ? :smiley:

Thank you, so far I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the model, as it was actually a challenge held by a senior colleague during my internship (who introduced me to architecture modelling). I might apply materials later when I have more time.

Oh wow thank you for the suggestion :smiley:, maybe I will try finding more information from scholars, academic articles (if any), or other sources local to the city of Hamburg. And yes, I originally planned to design the surrounding landscape & buildings as well, but I had to postpone for the time being.


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Hamburg is one of my favorite cities in Europe, I visited it 5 times when I was living in Berlin, the cathedral is really amazing, I was there during a Christmas concert, and had Glühwein in a Christmas market outside, I hope I can visit it again some day.

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