The town church of St. James, Weißenstadt
Risen from the ruins
In 1823 the church, converted one hundred years earlier into a margrave church, was badly damaged in the town fire. Only the walls remained standing: the late Gothic chancel and the tower of 1518 (when the former St Mary’s church was renamed St James church), the nave with its Romanesqe wall remains, the flying buttresses and the baroque ceiling. On Reformation Day 1827, they were able to consecrate the church once more. Since that time the broad interior has been characterised by the double galleries on each side, elegantly rounded off at the front of the nave, and by the pulpit altar in late classicist style.
The pulpit altar projects out over the altar table between two pairs of angular pillars. On the blue underside of the pulpit roof, the Holy Spirit comes down in the form of a dove. The two angels on the roof do not carry, as was customary, the coat of arms or initials of the most important temporal church patron – that would have been the Bavarian king – but instead they hold the monogram of Christ. Above this, within a golden halo of rays of light, the triangle shines as a symbol of the triune God.The two large kneeling angels are possibly a later addition, but they fit in well with the adoration of the Holy Trinity.
Nowadays a section of the Way of St James starts here and goes past God’s Acre church, which was spared from the fire and whose baroque furnishings are preserved.
The town church of St. James
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Sat, Sun 10:00-17:00
From April until September church open until 19.00.
It's worth going a little bit further: many churches lie on lovely cycle, walking and pilgrim paths. You will find an overview of them in the following map, as well as places worth seeing nearby. It also has links to local area, church and tourist information websites.
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