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    The Small Lenten Cloth

    by christine.j Written May 21, 2008

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    Outside the museum

    The small lenten cloth is about 100 years younger, it was made in 1573. It is the only lenten cloth which was commissioned by a protestant church and shows the crucifixion scene.It is displayed in the museum Franziskanerkloster.

    It is one of only seven of its kind worldwide, something very special. As with the large lenten cloth, no picture taking is allowed. We got an audio guide, sat down in a darkened room and watched the cloth, listening to the explanations. Again we were the only tourists there.I suppose in summer there are some more tourists, Zittau certainly deserves it.

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    The Large Lenten Cloth

    by christine.j Written May 21, 2008

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    in the churchyard

    From the late Middle Ages on lenten cloths were used to hide the altar during lent, so that the eyes should also fast. The large lenten cloth of Zittau is from 1472 and shows the stories of the bible in 90 pictures. In my mind this is no fasting for the eyes, but rather a feast.

    It is really big, 8,20 meter high and 6,80 meter wide. It was used for 200 years until 1672, after this nobody knew what had happened to it. Since there had been a fire in Zittau, it was thought to have been burnt. But in 19th century it was rediscovered, hidden behind some shelves in a library. After WWII it was used by Sowiet soldiers as part of a steam sauna.Finally in 1994 it was restored and hung up in ZIttau again in 1996.

    It is magnificent, truly a reason to come to Zittau. It is kept in the church of the holy cross.
    The church itself is also worth looking at, with medieval frescoes and carvings.
    We were the only tourists, bought our tickets at the ticket/gift shop, then a guide led us through the churchyard into the church. We got audiophones which told us the story and explained the cloth, all the time the guide was waiting in the back of the church.

    A word of warning: It is really cold inside, so bring a jacket.Our guide stopped on the way to get her coat.
    Picture taking is not allowed.

    The churchyard is also very interesting, with old tombstones which are very withered. And as almost everywhere in Zittau: Watch out for the crows when walking on the churchyard.

    Entrance fee is 4 Euro, but a combi ticket for both the lenten cloths is 5 Euro.

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    Johanniskirche

    by yumyum Updated Mar 29, 2008

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    Johanniskirche

    The Johannis church was originally built around 1230 as basilica in Roman style. During the 7 year war the town was destroyed on 23rd July 1757 by Austrian troops.

    The new church was built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and was inaugurated on 23rd July 1837.

    The south tower got its previous appearance back like in 1709 and the north tower got a classicistic appearance and this 60 m tower can be climbed in order to get a good view over the town.

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    Rathaus (Town hall)

    by yumyum Written Mar 29, 2008

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    Town hall

    The town hall was built from 1840-45 in the neo-renaissance style after the plans from Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1791-1841). It is located on the Marktplatz where you will also find a lovely fountain which was wrapped up for winter when we visited.

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    Rathaus & Marktplatz

    by richiecdisc Updated May 26, 2007

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    the rathaus dominates the main square

    The city's original Gothic Town Hall burned down in 1757, little aside from the town's 1533 crest was salvaged. The newer version was built in the 1840s and stands as the ornate centerpiece of the main square that resembles towns in the nearby Czech Republic more so than Germany.

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    Johanneum

    by Leipzig Written Sep 22, 2004

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    Johanneum

    Another example of the educational institutions is the "Johanneum", a public high school from 1871. Remarkable is the almost 60 meters high tower with the gilded weather vane made of copper in form of an angel. It was originally part of the Weaver's Gate.

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    Klosterkirche (Minster)

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Minster of Zittau

    The Minster of Zittau was started to build 16 years after the foundation of the Franciscan Abbey in 1244. In 1554 the last monch of the abbey died and the abbey couldn't be used anymore. The building had stood abandoned in Zittau when major Heinrich von Heffter started to remodel the abbey and the minster between 1658 bis 1662. In the Seven-Year-War the abbey was destroyed completely and only the minster remained intact. Today it is used as Evangelic-Lutheran church.

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    Johanniskirche (St. John's Church)

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Johanniskirche

    Perhaps a highlight while a visit - the impressive and monumental church of St. John. It is the first documented building of Zittau, dating back to the year 1291. It is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Most parts of the church were destroyed during the city fire of July 7, 1757. The current look bases on plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

    The church is open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 4.30pm, Saturday from 10.00 am to 4.30pm.

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    Southern end of the market square

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Old City Hotel

    Watching the southern end of the square the yellow Baroque building catches your eye first. This richely decorated building from 1709 with the sandstone portal is the former City Hotel that was once the most elegant hotel in Zittau.
    There's a cinema inside today.

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    Dornspach House

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Dornspach House

    This beautiful Renaissance building attracted me by its magnificent walled arc. The building was erected by Nikolaus von Dornspach in 1533. A must to see is the courtyard. Inside you find the German restaurant "Altes Wirtshaus" and ATM machines.

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    Altes Gymnasium (Old Grammar School)

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Altes Gymnasium

    The Old Grammar School close to St. John's Church belongs to one of Germany's first high schools. It was built in 1571 and inaugurated 15 years later. It belonged to the St. John's parish and was sponsored by the major of Zittau, Nikolaus von Dornspach.

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    Weberkirche (Weaver's Church)

    by Leipzig Written Sep 22, 2004

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    Weaver's Church

    The Weaver's Church was erected between 1488 - 1500 outside Zittau's city fortifications. It's facade was originally built in Gothic style but lost its rich ornaments after a fire during the Thirty-Years-War as well as while restoration in 1889.
    The Weaver's Cemetery behind the church contains graves with beautifully designed gravestones and statues; the oldest date to 16th century.

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    Northern side of the market square

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Northern side of the market square

    First of all sorry for the bad quality of th photo - will take a better one next time.

    On the northern side of the market square are beautiful domestic buildings like the Noack-Building (second to right side). This Baroque building was erected by the merchant and senator Andreas Noack in 1689. remarkable are all the ornaments as well as the lovely bay window.

    The yellow building is the oldest pharmacy in town. This house was first built in 1707 and reerected in 1760 after a fire destroyed it. Remarkable is the notable bay window.

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    County Courthouse

    by Leipzig Written Sep 22, 2004

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    County Courthouse

    Right behind the mars Fountain is the building of the former County Courthouse. It was started to build in 1678 after the city got the right of jurisdiction. The building has influences of Late Renaissance and Early Baroque style.

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    Mars Fountain

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Mars Fountain

    On the western end of the market square is the Mars Fountain (somtimes also called Roland Fountain). It was erected in 1585 after the God of War to symbolize the city's right to have a court of justice. The fountain shows Mars an a richely decorated column. The column shows grain, fruits, and weaver's accessories to symbolize the sources of Zittau's wealth in 16th century.

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