"St.-Annen-Kirche - Church of St Anna" St.-Annen-Kirche Tip by Kathrin_E
St.-Annen-Kirche, Annaberg-Buchholz: 4 reviews and 12 photos
The huge church is Annaberg's top attraction and absolutely impossible to miss or overlook. The way it sits and watches over the little houses assembling around it reminds me of a mother goose guarding her chicks.
The church was begun in 1499, three years after the foundation of the town. Its completion took no more than 25 years, which is amazingly short for a building of this size and quality. How rich this young town must have been already after a few years.
The church is a masterpiece of Saxon late gothic architecture. The tree naves of the hall and the choir are covered by beautiful vaults. The ribs are intertwined to form stars and flowers.
The church was completed in catholic times - only in 1539 the Lutheran Reformation was introduced. Altarpiecess and paintings, wonderful art works of the 16th century, stayed. That's why you find pictures of catholic saints in this protestant church.
The so-called Miners Altar (Bergaltar, see separate tip) is of special historical value because it depicts scenes from mining around 1500.
The galleries along the side walls bear a Biblia pauperum, a "bible for the poor", i.e. for those who could not read: The main stories of the Old and New Testament are depicted in colourful stone reliefs.
The galleries in front of the transepts, however, have a unique topic: their reliefs show the phases in life of a man (left) and a woman (right) by decades from 10 to 100, each figure is accompanied by an animal that symbolizes the characteristics of the respective age.
April - December: Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun and holidays 12.00-17.00
January - March: Mon-Sat 11.00-16.00, Sun and holidays 12.00-16.00
Entry is free. Photo permit 4 €, guided tours 2.50 € per prson.
Guided tours in English can be organized upon appointment, please phone 03733-4269922.
More photos of the interior and the vaults in the travelogues.
Address: Große Kirchgasse, Annaberg-Buchholz
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