In July this church could be used for a royal wedding once again. According to unconfirmed rumours Prince Ernst August von Hannover Junior is to marry his fiancée Ekaterina Malysheva in the Marktkirche (Market Church) in the old centre of the city of Hannover, Germany. The last wedding to be held here was that of his grandfather Prince Ernst August von Hannover (1914-1987) and Princess Ortrud zu Schleswig-Holstein (1925-1980), who got married here on 4 September 1951. At the time it was quite a happening. The couple married civilly at Marienburg Castle in Pattensen on 31 August 1951. The religious wedding was a bigger event. They were married by Bishop Hanns Lilje in the Marktkirche and outside were lots of people outside the church. After the wedding they drove in an open Mercedes to Herrenhausen and there were cheering people everywhere. Likely the wedding of his grandson won’t be that big, but certainly lots of royal guests are expected.
In the Summer of 2014 I spent some days in and around Hannover. After three warm days I spent my last morning strolling through the city centre of Hannover. Unfortunately it was raining so my pictures aren’t very great. I also passed the Marktkirche, officially the Market Church of the Saints George and James (Georgii et Jacobi). A nice old church in the old city town, partly surrounded by buildings, but on one side there is a rather big square. I think the picture in the middle is from the back entrance, as it doesn’t look much like the one used by Ernst August and Ortrud in 1951. On the side of the church is a statue of Martin Luther. It is the main Lutheran church in Hannover. It was built in the 14th century as a hall church in brick Gothic style. Unfortunately the roof and vaults of the naves were destroyed in an air raid in 1943 (the city was heavily bombed and almost destroyed), they were only restored in 1952. Its tower is still one of the highest towers in Lower-Saxony and it is a symbol for the power and the wealth of the citizens. The original altar was moved to the Aegidienkirche in 1663 and in 1856 to the Welfenmuseum. It managed to survive World War II and was returned to the Marktkirche in 1952, thus after the 1951 wedding.