"Amazing stained glass windows !" Top 5 Page for this destination Memorial Church - Gedächtniskirche Tip by Trekki
Memorial Church - Gedächtniskirche, Speyer: 7 reviews and 26 photos
I have read about the 36 stained glass windows of Memorial Church in advance, so of course I wanted to see them. But I wasn’t prepared how marvellous they really are. And I have been inside on a cloudy day – so imagine how stunning they would look with sunshine.
The windows survived the massive destructions during WW II and luckily also an idiotic suggestion of exchanging them with modern ones in 1950 (I was shocked to read this – how stupid can one be more ??).
According to their illustrations, the windows can be divided into 8 groups, each having similar themes, mostly of Old and New Testament and Reformation. Christ and the resurrection are in the centre, just above the altar.
Already the Memorial Hall has 3 windows about Luther and sponsors of the Reformation. Upon entering the church, left and right in the lower rows are sets of windows showing love, faith and hope. Above are ones about God’s law proclamations (Moses, Sermon on the Mount and Luther’s theses) and the missions (Isaiah, Paulus and Calvin). Other windows show scenes of Christ’s life, such as the Easter, Pentecost, Christmas windows or cities with close relation to the Reformation (Speyer, Worms, Augsburg, Magdeburg). Two rose windows at both ends of the transept are called mission resp. martyr windows.
Looking ath the windows is like reading books or the Bible. But I highly recommend to buy the little booklet (3 €) at the shop inside (well, shop is not the right term; a nice lady sits here, sells postcards and booklets and is always ready for a nice chat). However, the booklet is only available in German. Oops, that said, I don’t remember exactly, there might have been an English version as well. I’ll check that on my next visit.
Update, May 2008:
The south-western façade is currently under renovation and is scaffolded. This means that half of the windows cannot be seen in their full glory and furthermore, these are the windows which are the most brillant due to their southwest position and the way, the sun travels.
Directions: From Altpörtel, head southwest into Gilgenstrasse; the first church on your right is St. Joseph, and then it's on your left. You can't miss the tower.
Coordinates on GoogleEarth:
49°18’54,05’’ N; 08°25’46,33’’ E
Phone: ++49 - 62 32 - 6 76 60
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