Today's St. Nicholas Church was a Gothic building that was rebuilt after the fire in 1842. The original church was built in the 12th century. The church rebuilt in 1874 was the landmark of Hamburg's air raids during World War II due to its tall spires. The spire and part of the vertical wall have not been bombed and have been preserved to this day. The church has not been restored, but it has been designed to maintain the ruin of the post-war ruins. It has become a building to commemorate the victims and victims of the war and to reflect on the war.