Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady, Nürnberg

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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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    Frauenkirche - the clock

    by Mikebond Written Jul 19, 2007

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    This clock, added to the pediment of the façade of Frauenkirche in 1509, is not a clock with statues as there are many. If you are lucky to be in the market square at midday, as my parents and I were in 2006, you will see a great spectacle: as the bells start ringing, they move like the characters of a musical box. You will need a camera with a good zoom to be able to see all their moves. This is really a "thing to do"!

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    Frauenkirche

    by antistar Written Jun 21, 2005

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    The Church of Our Lady was originally built between 1352 and 1361 on the main market square. It is tiny, but stands out because of its small size. It also has a mechanical clock that chimes at noon each day and shows seven Electors paying homage to Emperor Karl IV.

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    by Sjalen Written Nov 20, 2004

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    The most famous sight in the Hauptmarkt along with the beautiful fountain, this church was built for Emperor Charles IV when he needed a court chapel. Today, it is mostly famous for its Golden Bull story, as told by the Männleinlaufen clock at noon every day.

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    by tini58de Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    This is another church built in the 14th century. It is famous for its beautiful Tucher altar (1440), memorial epitaphs by Adam Kraft (1500) and the fantastic stained glass windows.

    Daily at noon you can watch the "Männleinlaufen" (a mechanical clock showing seven Electors paying homage to Emperor Karl IV).

    Opening hours are as follows:

    Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sundays and public holidays 12.30 - 6 p.m.

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    by Leipzig Updated Mar 19, 2004

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    The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is located at the Hauptmarkt. It was built 1352 – 58 as a donation of Emperor Karl IV. Daily at noon you can see the "Männleinlauf". That's a clock showing seven Electors paying homage to Emperor Karl IV.
    Usually the church is open daily but when i was here it was closed due to preparation for a fest.

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    Church of Our Lady

    by Travelchili Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Churh of Our lady or Frauenkirche is the oldest church of its kind in Franconia. It was built between 1352-1361 and the money for it came from the Emperor Karl IV. Since 1816 it has been the city's main Catholic church. Peter Parler, the one who was responsible for building the Frauenkirche was the master builder also for the Prague's Cathedral.

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    Church of our lady (Frauenkirche)

    by german_eagle Written Apr 13, 2003

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    The Frauenkirche is another beautiful church. It was built 1352 – 58 as a donation of Emperor Karl IV. It is much smaller than the previous mentioned churches, but offers a nice private atmosphere inside, much like a chapel. See pictures of some works of art in my travelogue.

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