The Astronomical Clock at St. Mary’s Church – Rostock, Germany

  St. Mary’s church has so many symbols that I literally could write dozens of blog posts about this church.  Interestingly enough, the variety of symbols is so unique that by being there you might think it is a few churches wrapped into one.  Ok, its time to talk about the most famous symbol in… Continue reading The Astronomical Clock at St. Mary’s Church – Rostock, Germany

Skull and Crossbones in Trinitatis Church – Copenhagen, Denmark

There are so many stories about this symbol and such a wide variety of sources that tell us why this symbols is used.  Some sources say that in ancient times it didn’t necessarily have a negative connotation.  It was a reminder that this life was not eternal, but provided hope for what was to come… Continue reading Skull and Crossbones in Trinitatis Church – Copenhagen, Denmark

Obelisk at St. Mary’s Church — Rostock, Germany

  It’s totally amazing what you can find in some places.  This is a true rarity!   You might find this symbol in lots of churches or other buildings outside, but not inside.  Obelisks are normally built in front of churches – especially facilities built with a dome type roof – which have a purpose… Continue reading Obelisk at St. Mary’s Church — Rostock, Germany

St. Nicholas’ Church – Helsinki, Finland

  This church was originally built from 1830-1852 as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland, Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.  It was also known as St Nicholas’ Church until the independence of Finland in 1917.  The church’s architectural plan is a Greek cross (a square centre and four equilateral arms), symmetrical in each of the four cardinal directions, with each arm’s… Continue reading St. Nicholas’ Church – Helsinki, Finland

Hotel Neptune – Warnemünde, Germany

The Sign of Neptune – derived from the false god Neptune.  Even today,  people worship this image by asking it to “bless” newly constructed ships.  So goes the long standing tradition of the Line-crossing ceremony: “King Neptune plays a central role in the Line-crossing ceremony initiation rite still current in many navies, coast guards, and merchant fleets.… Continue reading Hotel Neptune – Warnemünde, Germany

Egg – Tallinn, Estonia

The most popular symbol of the egg we know today would be the Easter egg.  Easter eggs came from the absurd legend of queen Semiramis in ancient Egypt.  The legend states that she ascended from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River.  This was to have happened at the time of… Continue reading Egg – Tallinn, Estonia