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Diary of a New Würzburger: Churches of Würzburg

25.01.2018
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In Europe it would be hard find a city with no interesting churches, however it seems to me that Wuerzburg has an exceptional variety. ! I’ve talked about the Hofkirche at the Residence in a previous post but when it comes to the design, both exterior and interior, they all seem to be pretty unique – to the untrained eye, at least! Here are a few of my favorites, though I definitely recommend checking them out in person for the full experience.

 

Marienkapelle

The Marienkapelle is a must-see in Wuerzburg, at any rate, the bright color and location in the center of town would be hard to miss! It has existed since the 14th Century as a municipal chapel, being built onto ever since, and even after being badly damaged in 1945 it has been rebuilt using a lot of the original statues and artwork. For this chapel in particular I think the Wuerzburg walking tour is a great way to get to know the history behind this building, and understanding the meanings of the intricate carvings at each entrance!

 

Neumunster

The Neumunster is another one of the buildings of Wuerzburg that are as interesting outside as inside. Work started on the cathedral itself in the 11th Century, but the red Baroque façade was added later, around 1716. It is built on the grave of St. Kilian, an Irish missionary to Wuerzburg who was assassinated in 689 A.D. and for this reason it is now a popular pilgrimage site. Once you see the Neumunster it only makes sense to leave out the side door leading you directly to the Wuerzburger Dom!

 

Wuerzburger Dom/ Wuerzburg Cathedral

This is one of the most iconic structures of Wuerzburg, especially when viewed from the Altemainbruecke! What I think makes the Dom stand out is that this cathedral is as much an art gallery as a church. Having been damaged in 1945, much of the cathedral is a rebuild, however the way it has been rebuilt is a contrast styles from the modern day to its 10th Century beginnings including work of the 15th Century woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider and the 20th Century German sculptor Fritz Koenig.

 

St. Michael’s Church

The final church I found completely by accident one day. I was taking a walk and ended up behind the Old University, in a place I had never been before. In all honesty, I was procrastinating, so when I saw a church I decided to check it out! I cannot find much information about St. Michael’s Church in English, however when I went inside I found it to be one of the most surprising churches I’ve ever seen. It is almost completely white inside, with modern statues from floor to ceiling (yep – on the ceiling!). Even though this church is not as famous as the previous three, I have to highly recommend going in for a look!

 

Until next time,

Sam!

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