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This is the first port of call for all those tourists who like to wander in and out of these institutions throughout Europe. I am numbered among them.
Around 1230, a late Romanesque style edifice was on the "Castle Mountain" or the western bank of the Neisse. It was included in the late-Gothic hall of the 15th century and the lower parts of the church such as the St. Georges Chapel arose during this period.
It wasn't all easy however, a landslide and the war with the Hussites meant that it took over 74 years before it was consecrated. Even then it hadn't been finished.
If all the dramas weren't enough then, in 1691 it suffered along with many other buildings in a fire that ravaged the city. The entire interior was destroyed and, in subsequent rebuildings, the baroque features were added.
The pulpit, one of the standout features, was put in in 1693 after a donation from August Kober of Leipzig. A figure of an angel supports the pulpit platform adn the symbols of of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John can be seen on the pulpit as well.
The Sun Organ (pic 3), is another treasure. Organ pipes are arranged as sun beams around small sun faces. The cymbalstar can even rotate. It was designed and built by Gorlitz artist Eugenio Casparini in 1703 and reconstructed by the Swiss organ company Hermann Mathes from 1995 to 2997. The organ has 6,000 pipes.
The baroque confessional (pic 2) was made by Caspar Gottlieb von Rodewitz in 1717 but the standout late Gothic stained glass window (pic 5), depicting the 12 year old Jesus at the Temple, dates from 1893.
Another item that cannot fail to catch the eye is the baroque altar in the choir, built is sandstone and scagliola by Georg Heerman in 1695 (pic 4).
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