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Catholic Church, Annaberg-Buchholz: 1 reviews and 5 photos

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The Catholics live in diaspora in Lutheran Saxony, and they seem to feel it. The little catholic church of Annaberg is located in the same street as the huge protestant Annenkirche but it looks tiny tiny in comparison. Only in the mid 19th century the catholic community of Annaberg were able to build their own church. It was dedicated to the Holy Cross and consecrated in 1844.

The church shows a simple shape that has been common in church architecture already 150 years earlier: a rectangular hall, a choir with polygonal end, a wooden spire in baroque shape, although the style of that time was neoclassical. The interior has been refurbished in 1981 in modern style, the organ is even younger (1992). The painting of the altar, however, is the original 19th century one, it shows Saint Joseph of Calasanza, the founder of the Piarist order.

The stained glass windows are remarkable. They were created in 1943, during World War II. The style of the figures, especially the martial Archangel Michael, indicates the era of their origin. The central window on the left, the Heart of Jesus window, shows the figures 1914-1918 and lists the names of the soldiers from the parish who died in World War I.
The dead of World War II were to be listed in the Archangel Michael-window, the central window on the right. Only the two "19's" have been inserted - in 1943 obviously no one knew how long the war would last. However, this list has never been done because the DDR regime forbid the installation of new monuments to soldiers of the war.

Location: Upper end of Große Kirchgasse, corner Köselitzplatz
The church is open in the daytime - that is, it was when we came.

Address: Mariengasse 11, Annaberg-Buchholz

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2016
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