Wurzen Things to Do

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    St. Wenceslai

    by german_eagle Written Sep 25, 2013

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    The main ev-Lutheran parish church of Wurzen is St. Wenceslai. It was first mentioned in 1275, the present building is from the 16th century and another reconstruction in the years 1663-73. The tall steeple is sort of a civil counterbalance to the cathedral's steeples in the cityscape.

    I couldn't see the interior, no regular opening hours. One has to attend a service or show up shortly before or after, I guess (Sunday mornings). From what I read it is not really exciting, though - simple Neo-Gothic interior, the Gothic crucifixus and font from the 16th century aside.

    Well worth a visit would be the former watchman's apartment high up on the steeple, which is accessible in summer on Sunday and holidays 14 - 17 h. Lots of steps to climb, though :-)

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    Markt square

    by german_eagle Written Sep 25, 2013

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    The central place in town is the Markt square, slightly elevated in the northern part of the old town. The rectangular square was designed in the 12th century, most of the beautiful townhouses were built upon the medieval cellars, but date from the 19th century. However, some houses - with the most remarkable facades - were built in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    "Goldener Adler" (Golden Eagle) e.g., is a former inn, erected in the first half of the 17th century (pic 2, right side). An old town hall is mentioned in 1519, but it was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt in classicistic style 1803. It is now home of the public library, town administration offices and an art gallery (pic 5). The fountain in the middle is dedicated to writer Joachim Ringelnatz, born in Wurzen in 1883. A a nice place for a rest is one of the surrounding benches. Read some of Ringelnatz's satire poems, you'll not regret it.

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    Museum

    by german_eagle Written Sep 24, 2013

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    The local museum is in one of the most beautiful houses of Wurzen, centrally in the old town. It has a very interesting exhibit on the history of the town and the region, on the craftsmen/economy, but also on daily life, high quality art pieces. There is of course an exhibit on the writer Joachim Ringelnatz.

    The house alone is worth seeing - the architecture is very interesting and beautiful. It was built in the second half of the 16th century, reconstructed 1666 - 68 after damages in the 30years war. Very charming is the small courtyard with arcades, beautiful are the stucco ceilings from the 18th century.

    Open Mon - Fri 10-13 / 14 - 18, Sat/Sun 11 - 16 h
    Admission fee: 4 Euro Adults
    Photo permit is 5 Euro, outrageous IMO - didn't buy it, so no photos of the exhibits here.

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    Castle

    by german_eagle Written Sep 24, 2013

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    Bishop Johann VI von Saalhausen commmissioned the construction of the castle in Wurzen. It was built 1491 - 97 in late Gothic style. One year after the Bishop died, in 1519, a fire destroyed the third floor and the roof construction. Under his successor, Johann VII von Schleinitz, these parts were reconstructed between 1522 and 1525. Not much has changed since then, only minor construction works were done and after a thorough restoration after 2002, when family Wedekind bought the castle, it was turned into a hotel.

    I only went there to buy the small guide book for cathedral and castle, it was not available anywhere else. I saw the impressive lobby with cellular vaults - more than 40 of these are preserved. There are also rooms with painted wooden celings and other types of vaults. You can see them by either dining in the restaurant or joining a guided tour every last Sunday of the month at 11 am (4 Euro incl. climbing the tower). Or you stay overnight, even better!

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    Cathedral - expressionist sculptures

    by german_eagle Written Sep 24, 2013

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    What blew me away in the cathedral were the altar, pulpit and other cast-bronze pieces in expressionist style by Georg Wrba (Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden) from 1931/32.

    You probably notice the pulpit first, it is right by the main entrance (pic 3). Seven pillars support the pulpit, for the heads of the apostles (pic 4) Wrba portrayed the canons of that time and himself. Left of the pulpit on the wall is a paper showing who is who.

    In the eastern choir is Wrba's crucifixion group (pic 1). Jesus Christ in the middle, flanked by the two thieves. The dramatic effectis breathtaking: The gestures and facial expressions of the thieves are in strong contrast to Jesus Christ's dignified composure. Not to miss is also the nearby bookrest, supported by a (almost) naked athlete (pic 2).

    The eastern choir has the big organ by Jehmlich from 1932, with a singer's balcony in front of it, enclosed by a cast-bronzed balustrade with a portrait of Martin Luther in the centre (pic 5), on the sides sculptures of singing children - all fine works of Georg Wrba.

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    Cathedral

    by german_eagle Written Sep 24, 2013

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    The cathedral is *the* highlight in Wurzen, it's actually one of the most impressive religious buildings in Saxony I have seen so far. The whole area around the cathedral, also called "cathedral district", has several significant buildings and leaves a lasting impression on the visitor, it is somewhat similar to the one in Meißen.

    The cathedral is a rather narrow and quite long building with choirs at both sides, east AND west. The two steeples seem to be in the middle - because the eastern choir is *that* long - to both sides of the main nave, the main portal is in the southern steeple. The main nave with two narrow side naves and the steeples goes back to a collegiate church from 1114, the eastern choir was extended 1260-80 by four bays and in 1508 the choir polygon was added (thus the choir is appears that long). The western choir was added in 1503, the bishop Johann von Saalhausen was buried in a crypt here in 1518.

    In 1542 the Reformation was introduced in Wurzen, the first evangelic service was held. The bishops resided in the neighbouring castle until 1581, though, when the catholic bishopry Meißen was liquidated and the Saxon Duke Electors became canons of the cathedral in Wurzen. Nowadays the evangelic regional bishop of Saxony invokes the canons who are the cathedral's provost, the dean and five others.

    There are several things of the interior worth to have a closer look at: The three sculptures at the northern side of the nave are probably most valuable. They are from 1503, depict Emperor Otto I in the middle, Bishop Donatus of Arezzo left, John Evangelist right. Very beautiful are also the numerous epitaphs in the church, mostly from the 16th to 18th centuries. Both choirs have beautiful Gothic vaults, quite different, though: Cellular vault with painted decoration in the western choir, stellar vault in the eastern choir.

    For the expressionist sculptures by Georg Wrba see separate tip, please.

    The cathedral is open Easter to Reformation Day daily 10-18 h (Sunday after service), rest of the year Sat/Sun 10 - dusk.
    For concerts, events and services see website, please.

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