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The protestant parish church of Bad Schandau, built in 1694-1709, shows the typical shapes of protestant churches around 1700.
The renaissance altar is the church's most important treasure. It originally comes from Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) in Dresden. When the Kreuzkirche was rebuilt in baroque-classicist style in the 18th century, it got a new matching altar. The old one was first put up in Annenkirche in Dresden, later taken to Bad Schandau.
Hans Walther II created the high-quality reliefs and sculptures in 1575-1579. The pictures and figures were chosen according to Lutheran faith. The Last Supper and the Cross are the central scenes. Below the Last Supper we see the Passover meal from the Old testament. Above the cross appears God the Father, on the very top Christ resurrected. Matching biblical verses in Latin(!) complement the pictures.
The large staues by the sides are St John Baptist and St Paul. The two angels on the cornice carry the cross and the flagellation column, thus two of the instruments Christ was tortured with. Only two, the programme is incomplete, this indicates that the altar has been changed some time. The other figures on top are the four evangelists.
Have a closer look at the statue of John Baptist (photo 4), the ancient patron of this church. If you stand left of the altar, the statue will be looking directly at you and pointing to Christ and the cross.
Address: Market square
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