Located in the Market Place is the gothic church of St. Martin. Nothing that fancy on the outside, although the door and sculptures are nice, it is the inside that must be seen.
This is the second Church to stand here, the first was demolished, then building this one began in 1421. St. Martin's Church, is known as a "Hall Church" and is the largest hall church in northern Bavaria. Inside is a beautiful baroque Altar with the tomb of Count Palatine Rupert Pipan behind the high altar. There are lots of paintings and many beautiful stained glass windows.
In 1980, the Pope made this Church a Minor Basilica.
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This is the name of the sculptures in my photo. I haven't been able to find out anything about them, but I do know, I found them sitting infront of the Amberg Library. This was in the side street that led to the entrance of St. Georges Church.
This is really nice to do. I crossed the River Vil's, then walked under one of the Arches of the Stadbrille and headed towards the city centre. Is the water always calm, I really don't know, but I do know it makes for some lovely reflection photo's. A little further along was a covered walking Bridge, then there were good views of St. Martin's Church. There were some quite attractive houses beside the River and I think one building was once an old Brewery.
I came across this Glockenspiel at the Stadbrille.
I didn't count the bells, though have read there are 28, 27 Church bell's and one county bell.
The idea of the Glockenspiel is each of the bells is representing one of the 27 municipalities of the county along with the county bell, all ringing together harmoniously. The largest bell weighs 53 kg and the minimum weight is 9.6 kg. Each bell has an inscription.
If you would like to hear it playing, with it does every day, be here at 12.05 or 9pm.
The River Vils runs beside the Palace, and it is here where the famous "TOWN SPECTACLES" [Stadbrille] bridge is found. If you have a look at my photo, you will be able to see why it has this knickname!
The Bridge was built in 1454 and was used to connect the Armoury on either side of the River. It was originally part of the town fortifications, and back in those days, the arches could be sealed to stop invasion.
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Just across the road from the Wingershofer Gate, was the Electoral Palace (Neues Schloss), built in 1417 by Elector Ludwig III. Later, it was converted into a Fortress and then was changed again in 1603. It isn't open to the public as it now is the District Office of Amberg-Sulzbach. It is worth walking around it to view the building, and to enjoy the nice rose garden, lawns and some sculptures.
The huge St. George's Church might not look that inviting on the outside, don't let this fool you, for inside, this is one very elaborate Church.
It is the oldest Church in Amberg, and was once the only Parish Church in Amberg. The Church was first mentioned in the year 1094. Building of the present standing Church, began in 1359 and was completed in 1407. During the Reformation, almost the entire Gothic interior was lost. It was the Jesuit Order of St. George who transformed the gothic shell into the imposing rococo stucco work and frescoes of today.
There is beauty everywhere in this Church, from the Altars to the ceiling, the Organ, the Pulpit, the wood-work and the confessional boxes, all were worth a photo!
A must see
If your following my walking tour of Amberg, then you will know I last visited St. George's Church.
It was time to start heading back to the car, so I started walking towards Wingershofer Gate.
My first stop and point of interest, was a very old Warehouse. It looked to have 4 levels in the roof, so was quite a big building. I wonder what it was used for, could have been a Brewery as there were once 17 in town.
Next, was a building with quite a large religious mural painted on the wall, I not sure what this building was.
Looking along the street, there were good views of the towers in the city centre, once again, another photo taken!
At last, after quite a few stops, I had reached the impressive Renaissance gate that was built in 1580. It is the smallest of the four surviving gates. I walked through the archway and found that it was different on both sides, so do remember to do this!
After reaching the Vilstor, I wondered where to go. I came up with the idea to follow the walls and detour to where I saw anything interesting.
Amberg has one of the best preserved city walls you will see in Germany. Funnily, the old town is knicknamed the 'ei' or "egg" as the walls surrounding the town are in the shape of an Egg.
It was a good way to see all the Towers and Gates!
When I walked through the Vilstor archway, I came out into a very nice lawn and garden area.
A Lion statue greeted me first! I loved the Daffodil's that had popped up through the grass, it made it rather pretty. I walked a little further, and came across the bust/monument of King Maxmillian Joseph 1 beside a pond, perhaps a fountain that wasn't working.
Turning around and crossing the road, this part of the garden was where the flower beds were full of annuals in bloom, quite pretty, but probably better a few weeks later. I was here in April.
I also saw a Restaurant and thought this would be a nice place for a meal.
The Vilstor is another one of the four city gates into the old historical part of Amberg.
This Gate Tower dates from the 14th Century. It is rather plain, but if you walk through the archway and outside, you will see the barbican which was added in 1575. This is the heavy smaller stone building on the outside wall.
The Vilstor has the arms of the Palatinate and the city of Amberg on it. Look carefully for the wooden rollers which were once part of the drawbridge.
The Stadt theater in Amberg, was built in 1803, in the walls of the original Abbey Church, that explains why it looks like a Church. In 1846-47 and in 1862/63, it was re-designed, then fire ravaged the building and it closed. Since 1978, it has been open for business, so if your looking for something to do, you may want to come and enjoy a musical or theatrical performances including plays, opera, musicals, and chamber music.
For information on upcoming performances, bookings and prices of tickets, the website has it all.
If there is one Church you MUST SEE in Bamberg, then it's this one - the CHURCH SCHOOL.
This Roman Catholic church is dedicated to St. Augustine
The Church School is the former Monastery Church of the Salesian Sisters. The Monastery was built between the years 1692-1696, and construction of the Church in 1697. The beautiful stucco work was done by Amberg artist's and craftsmen.
I admired the beautiful old wooden door's before entering the Church, then I entered the inside, I was in awe, for there before me, was gold and more gold! Gorgeous patterns, stucco work and frescoes, this would have to be one of the best Churches I have seen. I couldn't walk around it, as there were wrought iron gates, with some cute golden cherub faces to stop anybody doing this. It didn't matter though, for it was easy to pass my camera through the bars to get some good photo's.
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I still haven't left the Marktplatz because I want to have a look at the Fountain.
In 1474, the Marktplatz was the scene of a wedding feast, this was because two very important people, namely, Philip, Elector von der Pfalz and Margarete of Bavaria were married here.
The fountain was erected to commemorate this important wedding.
It shows the happy couple and what looks to be a couple of court Jester's.
Another interesting building located in the Market Place, is the Gothic Rathaus, first mentioned in 1348.
Since then, its been added to in the 16th and 19th centuries and the western façade was remodeled.
As you can see by the photo, it is a rather different looking Rathaus to many others, as it has a beautiful external stairway and balcony added during the Renaissance.