St Mary's bells
WW2 tore Lübeck asunder. Buildings, history, the inhabitants' spirits all came down as a heap of rubble. Decades later, the severe wounds inflicted by one single air raid have healed into a scarred urban texture. Along the streets in the town centre the line of traditional crow-stepped gables is often interrupted by modern buildings that fill the gaps left by crumbled houses. But the devastating effects of war are nowhere clearer than from above: the fantastic view from the St. Peter's steeple reveals the extent of the patches sown over the holes in the extraordinary urban tapestry that this town was. Like a past beauty, Lübeck smiles with a toothless mouth treated by an inexpert dentist, but is still able to arouse admiration for what remains of its former glory.