Sternberg Town Church
Between Schwerin and Güstrow lies the typical Mecklenburg town of Sternberg, which is worth a visit just because of its unusually large town church. Its owes its size to the Mecklenburg Prince Heinrich II. After a town fire in 1309, he started to systematically build the town and the impressive church. One year later, he made Sternberg his main residence.
Even in the 7th and 8th century, there was a Slavic hilltop castle on the site of today's Sternberg. Prince Pribislaw I of Parchim-Riechenberg founded the town of Sternberg in 1248, which had been systematically rebuilt after a town fire in 1309 by Prince Henry II.
The town church was started in 1309 as a brick building and completed in 1322. A three-aisled hall church of five bays was built. During restoration work in 1895, paintings from the 14th century were discovered and restored and what was missing was added in line with 19th century ideas of mediaeval art. Sternberg Town Church is a three-nave, five-bay brick hall church. It belongs to the type of choirless halls, because the nave and choir are structurally separate. A Walcker organ, the last preserved one in Mecklenburg, and a large fresco showing the introduction of the Reformation in 1549, are worth a visit.