Continuing from yesterday’s post, I’m learning more about the St Peter and St Paul’s church in Kranenburg, Germany.
We didn’t go inside, but Wikipedia (link at bottom of this post) tells us:
“The gradual decline in the number of pilgrims prevented the completion of the original church plan.
A large-scale ambulatory was not built and the tower remained unfinished as a stand stub, increased only at the beginning of the First World War with the current tower.After centuries of neglect, the church was fully renovated at the end of the 19th century.
The war winter of 1944-1945 brought great devastation to the roofs, vaults and walls.
The reconstruction in 1949 and 1970 took bought the church closely back to it’s original condition.
The high altar dates from around 1900. The large upper altar wings however, date back to 1563 and some of the images from the 15th century.
The altar cross is from a 16th century Antwerp altarpiece. During the Second World War, the shrine and the painted wings were destroyed but the altar rosette was able to be reconstructed because most of the images were recovered.
The Maria altar is a work of art from the workshop of Ferdinand Langenberg and dates from the early 20th century.
Many of the sculptures and paintings have been preserved. Particularly noteworthy: an image of St. Christopher from the first half of the 16th century, and an altar table with the representation of Calvary from around 1430.
The western bay of the nave contains a hexagonal font from 1448, richly decorated with tracery.
The church has three bells. The big bell from 1474 was cast by Geert van Wou. De Maria Bell was cast in 1644, the youngest in 1959. Valuable ivory works were sold in the early 20th century and gone to New York and Münster.” As usual I’m interested in the detail of the building, in especially in the doors and larger archways, there is plenty of that.
The carvings on the curved sections are amazing and one wooden door the tracery of vines captivates my arty brain.The careful workings of these flowing images both in wood and stone are so very tactile and irresistible. I get a great sense of satisfaction every time I see things like this… in fact it’s more than just satisfaction, it’s a happiness in my soul.