The parish church of St. Bartholomäus, Egloffstein
Built on rock
High up on the steep rock of the (Franconian Switzerland) Fränkische Schweiz the little church snuggles up to the proud castle. A long flight of steps leads up from the valley, and when the roses are in flower, their red stands out against the white church wall.
Over the entrance, beneath the coat of arms of the lords of Egloffstein, who had the church built, is the date 1750. That was when the church was built on the site of an old castle chapel and furnished inside in a ‘rustic’ baroque style.
On the pulpit altar, to either side of the main body of the pulpit, two brothers from the Old Testament point forward to Jesus Christ, who is heralded here. Moses, carrying the Ten Commandments, points to the eighth: ‘You shall not bear false witness’. Aaron the High Priest, wears the typical helmet and carries a thurible. The swan right at the top symbolises Jesus’ giving his life for others (otherwise usually represented by a pelican).
The ceiling paintings between the stucco decoration show the four Evangelists, the sacrifice of Isaac, Psalm 23: ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ and the Holy Trinity.
The parish church of St. Bartholomäus
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00-18:00
Open from Easter until October.
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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