Found project: Stadtkirche Wittenberg


    Project : Stadtkirche Wittenberg

    Language variant : City Church Wittenberg

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 1439 (present church)

    Locality : Wittenberg

    Country : Germany

    Building style : Gothic

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    Description :

    Towering over Marktplatz in the center of Wittenberg is the Stadtkirche (City Church), the oldest building in the city. It is known as the “Mother Church of the Reformation,” as Martin Luther did most of his preaching here.

    Officially named St. Mary’s Church (Marienskirche), the City Church has sections dating from the 13th century, making it the oldest structure in Wittenberg.

    The choir dates to about 1300; construction on the rest continued until 1470. The distinctive octagonal turrets were added after the Reformation.

    Luther preached here regularly, was married here in 1525 and his six children were baptized here. The pulpit from which he preached is preserved in the Lutherhalle.

    The parish church has changed quite a bit since Luther’s time, but still contains a magnifisent Reformation altarpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder, depicting the Lord’s Supper (look for the faces of Luther, Melanchthon and other Reformation figures), Baptism and Confession.

    Cranach was Bürgermeister (mayor) of Wittenberg, a friend of Luther, and one of the most notable Reformation artists. More of his work can be seen in the Lutherhalle and elsewhere. Also notable is the font by Hermann Vischer (1457) that saw the baptisms of Luther’s children.

    http://www.sacred-destinations.com/germany/wittenberg-city-church (June 21, 2011).

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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