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Without any doubt the Parish church St. Mary is the outstanding attraction in Pirna. It was built 1502 - 46 by several master builders like Peter Ulrich, Markus Ribisch and Wolf Blechschmidt in the tradition of Saxon and Bohemian late-gothic hall-type churches. Pirna's St. Mary church is an excellent and precious example of that style.
The exterior is not *that* spectacular, but of very good proportions and done with excellent craftmanship. The mighty roof dominates the cityscape, no matter from where you look. The church tower is the oldest remaining part, its construction started in 1466. When walking around the church please note the epitaphs from past centuries and the portals of different (mostly Gothic) styles.
With its rich interior the church is one of the most important works of Gothic and Renaissance art in Saxony, if not Germany. The vaulted ceilings with paintings are marvellous. Another highlight is the altar, a major work of late Renaissance art in Germany. Have a look at the lovely font, the pulpit and the lofts, too. Everywhere around you find beautiful epitaphs.
The church is usually open during daytime. They ask for a donation of 1 Euro per person but it is not a *must*. Photo permit is 1 Euro. Bring a binocular so you can see the details of the vaulted ceiling.
The congregation is very lively. They often host concerts (even Philharmonic concerts) with renowned ensembles in the church. St. Mary is a major venue for the classical music festival "Sandstein und Musik" e.g. A nice tradition since 1545 is the brass play from the tower every Saturday at 6.15 pm.
Address: Kirchplatz 13, 01796 Pirna
Directions: city centre, east of the market square