"Church St Georgen" Schwarzenberg Things to Do Tip by Kathrin_E
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The parish church of the town has the most spectacular interior in Schwarzenberg. The church is in close vicinity to the castle and served both as parish church for the town and court church for the palace.
The present church was built in 1690-1699. It substituted an older church in market square that had become too small, and probably also too plain. The castle of Schwarzenberg served as hunting lodge. Schwarzenberg was the administrative centre of the area and seat of the bailiff, in other words, an important place for government and court.
The outside of the church looks rather plain but the interior was decorated with all splendour of protestant baroque. Galleries surround the nave and choir. On the left, opposite the pulpit, there is a box with the crests of Saxony and Poland and the initials FAR (Fridericus Augustus Rex) for August the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, crowned by a canopy with red and gold curtains. The King and Elector has not visited Schwarzenberg very often, so the box was empty most of the time (or used by the local representant of the government, the bailiff), but since his seat and insignia were there, the Prince Elector and head of the Lutheran church in Saxony was always present in the church.
A striking feature is the flat ceiling over a wide room without any supporting pillars. The ceiling is in fact hanging from the roof framework. It depicts the sky with clouds and sunrays centered around the name of the Lord in Hebrew letters. Little angels with banners praise the glory of the Lord. The ceiling is entirely made from wood (not stucco).
The organ, despite its baroque appearance, is a recent addition, built by Eule (Bautzen) in 1993. This includes the front which matches the style of the church very well.
The box underneath the organ was the seat of the members of the town council. The front shows the town crest with Knight Georg and the dragon.
The main altar was also created in 1699, the year of the completion of the church. The main pictures of the wooden altarpiece show the Last Supper and, above, Abraham and Isaac, two cnetral scenes from the New and Old Testament about sacrifice. Above it all there is Christ resurrected. The four female figures are allegories of the Christian virtues charity and faith, prayer and hope.
The acoustics of the church are excellent, as we found out when we sang our concert in there. The church is often used for concerts and if you happen to be there on a day when something is on, don't miss it.
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