The Lorenz Church or St. Lawrence, is a Gothic Church that stands in the place of where the Lawrence Chapel once stood. Once again, it is a very old Church with beginnings from 1243.
By the time I reached this Church it was closed.
It was Sunday, and it closes at 4pm, so be aware of this if you wish to see the inside.
I was disappointed, but couldn't do anything about it. The outside has some nice architecture, and the inside has lots to be admired.
ARTWORK IN THE CHURCH............
Beautiful Madonna (1280/90)
The adoring Magi (1360)
Apostle figures (1380/90)
Arch Cross (end 14th century)
Three young woman stone (around 1410)
Lawrence and Stephen (1440/50)
Archangel Michael (1475/80)
Krell Altar (1483)
Sebastian Smarter (1490)
Peter Vischer Chandelier (1498)
Relief of the strangulation of Beatrix (around 1500)
Crucifix by Veit Stoss (1520)
Devil's Well (1888)
OPEN....Monday to Saturday 9- 5pm Sunday 1-4pm
During the Advent season: weekdays 9 - 6pm Sundays 1-6pm
St. Lorenz Church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, is a beautiful three aisled late Gothic church. Severely damaged during the World War II bombing raids that destroyed much of Nürnberg, the church has been reconstructed to its earlier glory. The exterior has two almost identical spires on the west façade, with only minor differences while keeping the same shape and size. In the center of the façade is a rose window and a gabled roof overtop the wonderful portal that is richly sculpted.
The church was built in the mid-13th century, which can be deduced by the coat of arms of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and his third wife, Anna, who were married in 1353, located on the west façade. Later additions included side chapels between the buttresses and the galleries above the side portals, and the late-Gothic hall chancel was added in the mid-1400s.
On the interior my first impression (after looking down the nave towards the east choir – a habit that goes well with the design of Gothic structures), I noticed the netted vaulting on the ceiling. It is very intricate and the keystones in the center are saints; I specifically noticed St. Lawrence who the church was named after holding his symbolic gridiron, representing the torture under which he was martyred.
A notable artwork in the church is the tabernacle that was created by Nürnberg sculptor Adam Kraft in the late 1400s. This tabernacle stands nearly 19 meters (62 feet) high and features a large self portrait of the sculptor himself, complete with his very thick curly beard (see photo). Another popular Nürnberg artist, Veit Stoss created the wood altar in 1517 depicting the annunciation, paid for by Anton Tucher, a wealthy resident of Nürnberg.
Started in 1270 and taking over 200 years to complete St. Lorenz Kirche is one of the finest works of Gothic architecture in Germany. The church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence and has over 750,000 visitors every year. During the Second World War the church was badly damaged. Reconstruction started after the war ended with the re-consecration in August, 1952.
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lorenzkirche - We did not go inside this church. I think it was not open, but we did look at the wonderful carvings on the outside including the carving of the devil crushing a terrified naughty child.
In Lorenzer Platz stands the twin-towered Gothic church of St Lawrence (St-Lorenzkirche; 13th-15th c.; Protestant), the city's largest church. Above the beautiful west doorway (c. 1355) is a rose window 9m in diameter.
Outstanding among the many works of art it contains are the "Annunciation" by Veit Stoss (1517-18) which hangs in the choir, the tabernacle by Adam Krafft (1493-96), the crucifix by Veit Stoss on the high altar, the Krell Altar (behind the high altar; c. 1480), with the oldest surviving representation of the town, and the superb stained glass (1477-93) in the choir.
You can watch my 3 min 03 sec Video Nurnberg Lorenzkirkhe in 2010 HD out of my Youtube channel.
It’s a nice church but there wasn’t anything that could grab me (I’m not a specialist).The building of this basilica in high gothic style started between 1243 and 1315. The interior contains important works of art, including stone and wooden sculptures
Lorenzkirche is the parish church of the old town south of Pegnitz river. The wealth and pride of the citizens shows in the architecture and furnishing of this late medieval church. An entiure book could be written (and more than one has been written) about the late medieval works of art in this church. So let me sum up what is special about it.
There is hardly another church with a larger collection of late medieval church art, all pieces in their original location and context. Even more remarkable, this is a Lutheran church and all those art works are from pre-reformation, i.e. Roman Catholic times. Altars, statues and windows with images of saints, a tabernacle and so on are neither needed nor used in Lutheran churches and do not correspond with protestant lore. However, they are still there and have always been.
Most medieval works of art that have been preserved can be found in Lutheran, not Roman Catholic churches. An expert called this effect the "preserving power of Lutheranism". Catholic churches tend to be renovated, refurbished and redecorated according to the latest fashion and style all the time because the best and newest is just good enough to worship the Lord. Lutheranism, however, counts those works of art among the adiaphora , the side things, which are not important. As long as the images are not worshipped, they can be kept or not, it does not matter. So the pre-reformation furniture and decoration stayed in the church.
All these art works are made from donations by Nürnberg's "upper 10,000". Most of them bear the crests of the patrician families or even the image of the donators. The works of art tell a lot about the history of the city. The most important families had their own chapels along the side naves and choir. Others at least owned representative seats. Their donations contributed to the ornation of the church with stained glass windows, vasa sacra, statues and frescoes, paid for masses read for them at certain altars, and so on. Such donations were made to honour the Lord and his saints and to ensure one's own welfare in the afterlife. When the reformation was introduced, these donations stopped. However, the catholic works of art were not removed from the church. The wealthy families were still just as influential in the parish and would of course not remove the items their parents and grandparents had had made for the church.
In the run of the centuries a lot of items have disappeared but a notable amount has remained. Imagine the church to be filled with at least twice as many pieces. One or two altars were standing at each column and in each chapel. It was hard to find space for more. All churches looked like that in the late middle ages, very few still do.
Among the art works, the most precious and famous are
Englischer Gruß by Veit Stoß, which translates to not "English" but "Angelish salutation". The wooden sculpture hanging form the vault of the choir shows the Annunciation with mary and the Archangel gabriel, surrounded by an oversized rosary.
Tabernacle by Adam Krafft, a specialist in stone sculptures. The gothic structure is so high it does not fit under the arch, so he bent the tip. The tabernacle is carried by three kneeling figures: portraits of Krafft himself and his two assistants.
st. lorenz kirche (st. lawrence's church) was built between 1250 and 1477. it's 80 meter high twin spires dominate the skyline of nuremberg's altstadt. the main attraction of the interior of the church is the 1518 annunciation carving by veit stoss.
Although undergoing substantial renovation and restoration when I visited (July 2009), this church is still well worth exploring.
It dates from the mid-1400s but, almost inevitably, was badly damaged in the bombing and firestorms which the city suffered during the Second World War.
It has three aisles, with some beautiful artwork (much of which was safely stored underground during the war). A beautiful carved wooden 'Annunciation' by Veit Stoss (16th century) hangs high above the nave, glowing even against its background of scaffolding. When this is removed, and the carving is silhouetted against the basilica windows, it will be a truly beautiful sight.
I especially liked the sculpted self-portait of Adam Kraft at the bottom of the tabernacle which he created (see photos), but the chucrh is full of lovely things to explore. Apart from various wooden altars, and monuments, and memorials there are some Medieval wall-paintings which, although much worn, I suspect were uncovered in post-war restorations.
The Medieval Madonna and child grinning at each otheramused me.....so very naturalistic! :-)
Apologies for the poor quality of the photos. I do not use flash in ancient places, and have terrible camera-shake on occasion!
The Lorenzkirche is one of the two old main churches in Nürnberg, with the other one being St. Sebaldus. For a long time, the old town north of the Pegnitz river was called “Sebalder Seite”, while the Lorenzkirche gave its name to the “Lorenzer Seite” south of the river. Construction works on the Lorenzkirche began around 1250, giving the church a late romanesque appearance. During WWII, the church was damaged, but well reconstructed in the years afterwards.
The Lorenzkirche has a couple of details around it which are worth to see. This includes a small a fountain with a couple of figures, including a devil figure capting a child. That one is on the left corner, if you are standing in front of the entrance. Another one is an measuring unit, used when the church was built.
Nuremberg's largest church was built between 1270 and 1470, with the interior decor not begun until after the Reformation. This gothic behemoth with its towers 250 ft high dominates the southern half of Nuremberg's old city. Most visitors approach from Frauentor at a 90 degree angle to the facade - to best appreciate the overwhelming gothic detail walk down Karolinenstrasse a short ways to face the front of the church. The rose window dates to the 1530's.
The exterior sculptures follow Redemption from Adam and Eve to Judgement Day, although hard to follow and understand from street level. The interior features a woodcarving of the Annunciation ( a recurring theme in my writings here ) hung from the ceiling like a chandelier and carved by Veit Stoss, one of Germany's most famous woodcarvers who actually was a Nuremberg native. Another famous artwork is the House of Sacraments, often called Adam Kraft's masterpiece, a stone sculpture of the Passion of Christ from Last Supper to Resurrection. The resurrected Jesus is carved from wood, a living substance, while all the other figures are from stone. The fine detail is indeed exquisite. During WWII, these treasures were removed and safely kept away from the bombing.
The church of St. Lorenz is indeed excessively Gothic.
This is definitely the symbol of Nürnberg and is a must-see when you are here. Marvel at the exterior and interior architectures and sculptures. Too bad photo-taking is not allowed inside. The interior is simply remarkable. Very beautiful architecture. Entry is €1.
There is so much to see in Lorenzkirche that it will prove worth paying 5 euro for the photo permission.
The pillars dividing the nave from the aisles are decorated with sculptures of the 13th-15th centuries. You must have a look at the tabernacle (1493-95) by Adam Kraft, who has self-portrayed himself at the basis of it (he is the man with the black beard).
You will also see the big crucifix (around 1500) by Veit Stoss the Elder, who is also the author of the attraction you have actually paid for to see...
Here is what every tourist with a guidebook wants to see in Lorenzkirche: the Annunciation (literally "Angel's greeting") by Veit Stoss (1517-19). It is full of small sculptures and paintings that one doesn't see at first sight. Below there is the byblical snake who tempted Eve, with the apple in its mouth. Unfortunately, you cannot see it well in this photo. The last picture shows the backside of the Annunciation, which is also interesting for the round paintings of the Sun and the Moon.
In Lorenzkirche you can see two beautiful organs and their keyboards. I don't know which is the elder organ and which the new one, but in the third photo you can see the keyboard of the elder one (with an inscription that tells you all its features) and in the two last pics you see the keyboard of the new one.