"Johanniskirche - Church of St John" Plauen Things to Do Tip by Kathrin_E

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  • Johanniskirche - Church of St John - Plauen
  • Johanniskirche - Church of St John - Plauen
  • Johanniskirche - Church of St John - Plauen
  • Johanniskirche - Church of St John - Plauen
  • Vault of Vogtskapelle - Plauen
      Vault of Vogtskapelle
    by Kathrin_E

The white church with the two steeples is prominent in Plauen's skyline. It is even more prominent in Plauen's historiography: The document about its consecration in 1122 is the oldest known mentioning of the town, Plauen's written history begins with it.

In the middle ages the church was in the hands of the Teutonic order. They substituted the first church by a larger Romanesque one in the second quarter of the 13th century; the sturdy square steeples still tell of that period. After a fire in 1548 the nave was rebuilt as a late gothic hall with 'star' vaults. World War II caused significant damage but the church was rebuilt in its old shape in the 1950s and 60s. The furnituring was lost, though. The present altar, pulpit, baptismal font etc. have been transferred here from museums and other churches.

Don't miss a look into the small Vogtskapelle (Chapel of the Reeves) off the left side of the choir which dates from 1322. The narrow but very high chapel is covered with a seven-fold star vault. Inside you'll find two stone reliefs depicting the Annunciation and the Nativity, and a painting of the Baptism of Christ which happens not in the Jordan but in the Elster river with the panorama of Plauen in the background.

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  • Written Sep 19, 2011
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