Essential Architecture-  Island Rügen

Altenkirchen Parish Church

architect

 

location

Rügen, in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, north-eastern Germany.

date

1200

style

Hanseatic Brick Gothic

construction

Brick

type

Church
 
   
Contact:
18556 Altenkirchen
Phone.Pfarramt: (+49)038391-366
e-mail: Tourismuszentrale Rügen:
info@ruegen.de

the building:
The parish church is the second oldest religious building on the island. It was constructed around 1200 by Danish monks – who introduced the church’s brickwork technique – probably on an older Slav burial ground as is indicated by the walled-in “Swantewit Stone“. The apse and the square choir are still preserved in their original Romanesque style. In the late Gothic period, the choir was given a ribbed vault. Ornamental wall paintings from the early 13th century were later reconstructed and are – alongside the Romanesque font of Gotland limestone – the oldest features of the church. The church was originally conceived as as three-aisle transeptless pier basilica, but these plans were obviously changed in the course of the building works. Particularly interesting features of the church include the large crucifix in the triumphal arch (14th century), the altar (1724) and the baptismal angel created by Elias Keßler in 1730. A copy of the painting "Christ Saves Peter Sinking at Sea" by P. O. Runge is hanging in the aisle.

links

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