"Visit the Dom" Schleswig Things to Do Tip by ranger49

Schleswig Things to Do: 13 reviews and 19 photos

  Bruggemann's Bordesholm Altar
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  • Bruggemann's Bordesholm Altar - Schleswig
      Bruggemann's Bordesholm Altar
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  • 13th century frescoes - Schleswig
      13th century frescoes
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  • Bruggemann's carving of St Christopher - Schleswig
      Bruggemann's carving of St Christopher
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  • The Three Magi 1400 - Schleswig
      The Three Magi 1400
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The first and last thing you see when arriving in, or leaving Schleswig is its high tower . The tower is not very old and dates from the 19th Century. The real treasures of St. Peter's Cathedral are to be found inside.

To find so many mediaeval artistic treasures in this small seaside town,off the main tourist track, was a most unexpected bonus.

Frescoes, a polychromed retable, a most unusual and beautiful statue of St Christopher carved in wood by Hans Bruggemann, the creator of the Cathedral's Masterpiece -the Bordesholm altar in the choir and a contemporary of Albrecht Durer.

This amazing work is said to have been commissioned originally for the Augustinian Kloster of Bordelsholm near Kiel. It was carved between 1514 and 1521. It is over 12 metres high and its panels contain more than 400 delicately carved figures, set off by individual frames that look as though they are filigree lacework. The panels depicting the Passion scenes are believed to be based on woodcuts by Durer.
The intricate beauty of this piece took my breath away. I am sorry that my photos cannot reflect the detail of the work.

Not a great deal is known about Bruggemann and myths about his life abound. One says that the monks of Bordesholm were so jealous they wanted to make sure nobody else would ever have an Altar to rival their. So they gave him a potion that made him blind and unable to work again.

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  • Updated Mar 28, 2008
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