Saturday, April 25, 2009

Germany - Church of Our Lady in Nuremberg (DE-316163)

This wonderful card shows the catholic Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche in German) on the main square of Nuremberg. I used to travel quite often in different West European countries with my dad several years ago and at some moment we started joking that each time we visit a new city, we also visit another gothic cathedral or church :) In fact, some of them are really similar to each other, but this church catched my attention immediatelly, when I received this card. Maybe it's because there are many pinnacles (I still remember some names of architectural details) ;) or because of the nice solar clock? I haven't been to Nuremberg, but it's already my 2nd card from there and I'm convinced it's a very beautiful city.


Emperor Charles IV had the Church of Our Lady's (Frauenkirche) built here between 1355 and 1358 on the site of the destroyed synagogue of the former Jewish quarter (pogrom in 1349). It was the first Gothic hall church in Franconia, constructed as an Imperial court chapel with three aisles. Its builder was presumably Peter Parler, the master builder of the Prague St Vitus' Cathedral. The "Männleinlaufen" ("Running Men" clockwork at noon), created in 1509 by Sebastian Lindenast and Georg Heuß, is reminiscent of the proclamation of the Golden Bull of 1356: seven electors pay homage to Emperor Charles IV sitting on the throne. The main altar is the "Tucher Altar" which was the high altar in the Augustine Church up until 1487. In 1816, the Church of Our Lady's was given to Nuremberg's Catholic congregation.

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