Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady, Nürnberg

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    INSIDE THE FRAUENKIRCHE

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2013

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    Time to head inside and see some of the important pieces, like main altar, which was the high altar in the Augustine Church up until 1487, the "Star of David," embedded in the floor in remembrance of the old Synagogue that once stood here. There are many wooden sculptures from the 15th & 16th centuries, panel paintings, historical coats of arms and stained glass windows.

    THE CHURCH IS OPEN
    Monday and Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tuesday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday: 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
    Sunday: 12.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Daily at NOON - THE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK PLAYS.

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    THE OUTSIDE OF THE FRAUENKIRCHE

    by balhannah Written Jul 7, 2013

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    After viewing the Schon Brunnen, I headed across the square to the Frauenkirche. The Church is known as a "Hall Church" as it has two aisles and a tribune for an Emperor. The church contains nine bays supported by four columns. In 1945, it was nearly destroyed in bomb attacks and needed to be restored, this was completed in 1955.
    It was a shame I wasn't here at mid-day, as this is when the Astronomical Clock "Mannleinlaufen" plays. The clock was installed on the outside of the church in 1506, it shows the Moon phases and the Holy Roman Emperor seated with the prince-electors surrounding him. It was built in commemoration of the adoption of the Golden Bull in 1356.
    So, if you want to see this, join the crowd!

    As well, there a quite a few sculptures and detailed work on the outside, worth having a look at before venturing inside.

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    Frauenkirche, Nurnberg, Germany

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 2, 2013

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    Emperor Charles IV had the "Church of Our Lady's (Frauenkirche)" built here between 1355 and 1358 on the site of the destroyed synagogue of the former Jewish quarter (pogrom in 1349).

    It was the first Gothic hall church in Franconia, constructed as an Imperial court chapel with three aisles. Its builder was presumably Peter Parler, the master builder of the Prague St Vitus' Cathedral. In 1361, on the occasion of the baptism of the heir to the throne, the Imperial Crown Jewels were displayed here for the first time.

    The "Männleinlaufen" ("Running Men" clockwork at noon), created in 1509 by Sebastian Lindenast and Georg Heuß, is reminiscent of the proclamation of the Golden Bull of 1356: seven electors pay homage to Emperor Charles IV sitting on the throne. The main altar is the "Tucher Altar" which was the high altar in the Augustine Church up until 1487.

    The epitaphs, most of which are from the Dominican's and the Augustine's churches, include works by Adam Kraft (Peringsdörfer epitaph) and by Michael Wolgemut.In 1816, the Church of Our Lady's was given to Nuremberg's Catholic congregation.

    Opening hours are as follows ... :
    Monday and Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Tuesday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday: 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
    Sunday: 12.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    daily: 12 p.m. "Männleinlaufen" (clockwork)

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    The Frauenkirche – Church of Our Lady

    by grayfo Written Aug 12, 2012

    The church was built between 1355 and 1358 on the site of the destroyed synagogue of the former Jewish quarter and was the first Gothic hall church in Franconia, constructed as an Imperial court chapel with three aisles. One of the most notable features is the Männleinlaufen, a mechanical clock below which is the Holy Roman Emporer surrounded by prince-electors.

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    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 15, 2012

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    The Frauenkirche overlooks Haupt Markt Platz. This church has lovely carvings on the outside and is peaceful on the inside. According to our friend who is a long time resident of Nurnberg, it is from this church that the Christ kind opens Nuremberg's annual Christmas Market. There is also a mechanical clock on the front of the church. Every day at noon 7 elector figures come out of the clock to pay homage to King Karl IV.

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    by Twan Updated Feb 27, 2012

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    The pulse of the city Nuremberg in Germany beats at the market square Hauptmarkt - that lively place is dominated by the beautiful Church Frauenkirche and the Gothic fountain Schöner Brunnen, one of the most visited sights in Nuremberg. In December it gets really crowded there, because then it's time for the world famous Christmas market in Nuremberg the Christkindlesmarkt Nuremberg!

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 6, 2011

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    On the east side of the square in Nuremberg is the Gothic Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady, 1352-61; R.C.).
    Above the porch with its rich sculptural decoration is the "Männleinlaufen," an old clock with mechanical figures (the seven Electors pacing round the Emperor Charles IV - a reference to the promulgation of the Golden Bull in 1356; performances daily at noon). Notable features of the interior are the Tucher Altar (c. 1440) and two handsome monuments by Adam Krafft.

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    by leics Written Aug 15, 2009

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    This rather small 14th century church has a fascinating history.

    This area was once swampy and unpleasant. It was the Jewish quarter of Medieval Nunrberg. When the two parts of the town on either side of the River Pegnitz were joined together, it became an important area.

    Charles lV ordered that the Jews should be forced to leave so that a new marketplace could be built. In 1349, 562 Jews who did not leave were burnt to death.

    In 1360, on the site of the synagogue, the Frauenkirche was built. It was originally intended to house the crown jewels and holy relics, so it was designed almost as a fortress. The Emperor changed his mind.....jewels and relics were taken elsewhere...but the plan of the church remained the same. It was designed by Peter Parler, the man who also designed St Vitus' Cathedral in Prague.

    Frauenkirche is quite small and foursquare, very badly damaged in the Second World War but so beautifully restored so that one would not know there had been damage.

    The artworks (altars, carvings, memorials, paintings) which it had held were kept safely underground during the war, so they have returned to their original places. And you can also see some Medieval wall-paintings which have been uncovered during restoration.

    The entrance arch has a most beautiful and complex decoration: the figures you see are original, and date from the building of the church.

    Inside, above the entrance, is a gallery (the Michaelschor) intended for the Emperor to attend services without having to mix with those 'beneath' him.

    A church well worth exploring.

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    by doug48 Updated Jul 27, 2009

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    the frauenkirche, ( church of our lady) was built in the 14 th century. at noon each day mechanical figures act out the story of the golden bull of 1356. inside the church is the 1440 tucher alter. this church is located on the hauptmarkt in the center of old nuremberg. during the years of the third reich the hauptmarkt was called adolf hitler platz. it was here that hitler reviewed his political organizations during the nuremberg party rallies. to see before and after pictures of the hauptmarkt visit www.thirdreichruins.com

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    Frauenkirche - inside: Adam Kraft

    by Mikebond Written Apr 19, 2009
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    Other interesting art works, apart from the Tucher-Altar, are the two epitaphs by Adam Kraf(f)t: Pergensdorffer epitaph (1498), portraying the Virgin Protectress, and Rebeck epitaph (1500), with Virgin Mary's coronation. The former is located on the wall of the left aisle, while the latter lies on the pillar on the left of the apsis.
    There are also other beautiful sculptures and paintings in Frauenkirche, but since they are not important, I will put them in a travelogue.

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    CHURCH OF OUR LADY (FRAUENKIRCHE)

    by kmohandas Updated Mar 8, 2008

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    Church Of Our Lady is a major land mark of city located right in the heart of Hauptmarkt (Main Market), which is famous for X-mas shopping. The construction of the church was completed in 1361 AD is famous for it's ancient sculptures. Notable attractions areTucher Altar and an ancient clock.This church looks magnificient and stands right in the heart of the city.

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    Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady)

    by Airpunk Updated Dec 16, 2007

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    This gothic church was built between 1352 and 1361. It was built upon initiative of and financed by Emperor Charles IV. The church is richly decorated and owns a couple of interesting works of art. Perhaps the most interesting is the “Männleinlaufen”, a kind of gigantic cuckoo clock where instead of a bird, the Emperor and the seven electors (the noblemen entitled to chose the king) come out at noon. This mechanical clock was placed to remember the Golden Bull of 1356, issued by Charles IV. The Golden Bull is seen as the first civil law codex in Germany. Inside, have a look at the 15th century Tucher-Altar.
    A large refurbishment took place between 1810 and 1816. Since then, the church is the main catholic church of the town, ending the domination of St. Sebaldus and St. Laurenz which were the main churches for centuries. In WWII, the church was almost destroyed, leaving only the side and front walls standing. It was rebuilt in the following years, with a further refurbishment taking place between 1989 and 1991.

    The church was built on the ground of a fromer synagogue which was destroyed in a pogrome in 1349. In memory of the jewish victims – not only from medieval ages, but also from the nazi terror – a golden star of David is placed into the floor, closed to the altar of the church.

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    Frauenkirche ( Our Lady's Church )

    by nicolaitan Updated Nov 17, 2007

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    Nuremberg's most impressive RC church dominates the Hauptmarkt and is most famous for its dominant position and decoration at the Christkindelsmarkt or Christmas Market, an image in every bus tour brochure in the world. The church was commissioned by HRE Charles IV and built between 1355-8 on the site of a Jewish synagogue destroyed several years earlier in a pogrom. Peter Parler, who would become most famous for Prague's St. Vitus Cathedral, was imported to plan this chapel. Even without the decorations, the steeply angled roof and decorative facade featuring the Nativity surrounding the main doorway are quite striking. This is a relatively small church, capacity maybe 300.

    Added to the facade some years later is a clock with the seven electors of the Holy Roman Empire parading around Charles, a daily performance. This commemorates the Golden Bull which established the elector system and made it mandatory that each new emperor convene his first congress in Nuremberg. Inside, the dominant artwork is the three part Tucher altar by an unknown painter depicting the Crucifixion.

    Year round the Hauptmarkt is filled with stalls with striped red and white awnings selling all variety of food, crafts, clothing, and remembrances. The Christmas market must truly be awesome.

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    Frauenkirche - inside: the altar

    by Mikebond Written Jul 24, 2007

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    The interior of Frauenkirche has an unusual square shape. The most important work is the Tucher-Altar, done by local painters the 15th century and located in the apsis.
    The church was destroyed during WWII (see last photo of the tip), however you can still see some beautiful paintings and statues.

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    Frauenkirche - overview

    by Mikebond Updated Jul 24, 2007

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    Frauenkirche is the most ancient Gothic church in Franken. Emperor Karl IV had it built where a synagogue had been previously erected. The construction took place in 1352-58 and may be due to Heinrich Parler. In 1506-08, Adam Kraft added the projecting portico.

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