"Jakobi church" Freiberg Off The Beaten Path Tip by german_eagle
Freiberg Off The Beaten Path: 15 reviews and 72 photos
This church figures on the "Off the beaten path" list for solely one reason - it's not open on a regular basis, you have to ask at the vicarage behind the church for the key, and that's not everyone's cup of tea plus the office hours there are not really convenient for visiting. I visited on European Heritage Day.
The current church was built 1890-92 on the grounds of the previous St. Jakobi church which was actually the oldest church in Freiberg (about 1160). Architect of the new church was Theodor Quentin, quite popular in his days for his Neo-Gothic style. The 57 m tall steeple on an important crossroad just outside the city walls is one of the landmarks of Freiberg.
Some remarkable pieces of excellent quality were kept for or transfered to the new church: The organ (1716/17) is one of Gottfried Silbermann's earliest works, the baptismal font is a wonderful early Renaissance piece by Hans Walther from Dresden (1555), the pulpit was created by local Andreas Lorenz in 1564. One of the most beautiful works of the late Renaissance/Manierism in Saxony is the woodcarved altar from 1610, a donation by Elector Duke Christian II and his wife Hedwig von Denmark. Easily overlooked is a marvellous small crucifixus (ivory corpus), maybe a work of Balthasar Permoser (1710).
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