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  • Rising behind the trees - Erfurt
      Rising behind the trees
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It's a haunting presence beside the Barfusserstrasse, the powerful walls rising behind the trees indicating a dominating, yet hollow, bearing.
This is the Barfüsserkirche, or the blackfriars? "Church of the Barefooted."
Most of the church was destroyed in 1944 as a result of Allied bombing raids, but even in the present condition the church is one of the greatest examples of German ecclesiastical architecture of the 14th and 15th centuries.
It looms almost ominously with the missing roof reminding me of some of the atmopheric religious places I have visited elsewhere such as a crumbling church I saw at Piazza Amerina (see my Sicily pages) and the fabulous Fountains Abbey not far from York.
Martin Luther also preached here in 1529 before the Franciscan monastery was discontinued.

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  • Updated May 29, 2007
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