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  • Marienkapelle - Würzburg
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  • Marienkapelle - Würzburg
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  • Epitaph for Konrad von Schaumberg - Würzburg
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Named a ?chapel?, Marienkapelle qualifes as a church in terms of size and quality of its architecture and ornamentation. This was the parish church of the town?s citizens, opposed to the bishop?s cathedral and the several monasteries. It is a jewel of late gothic architecture. The facades are freshly painted in red and white. The strong colours are an eyecatcher.

The sculptures on the facades, the 12 apostles on the counterforts and Adam and Eve beside the main portal, are works of Tilman Riemenschneider ? now copies, the originals are in Mainfränkisches Museum where you can see them much closer than people ever could in their original location high up on the church wall.

The most impressive artwork inside the church is probably the epitaph of Konrad von Schaumberg (+ 1499), also by Riemenschneider. The inscription tells that the nobleman died at sea on the journey back from the Holy Sepulchre, i.e. a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. He is depicted as a knight in full armour. There are several more noteworthy tombstones and epitaphs inside the church that deserve a closer look.

The church contains the grave of Balthasar Neumann, a memorial plaque is attached to the first pillar on the right from the southern portal.

The main altar is a (recent) copy of Grünewald?s Isenheim Altar in Colmar.

The side chapel under the steeple has been turned into a memorial of Würzburg?s destruction in World War II. A burnt statue of a saint recalls the bomb raid of March 16, 1945.

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  • Written Jun 27, 2011
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