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  • Bruggenmannaltar - Schleswig Cathedral
    Bruggenmannaltar - Schleswig Cathedral
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    The Three Magi 1400
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    Bruggemann's Bordesholm Altar
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    Schleswiger Dom or Schleswig Cathedral

    by evaanna Updated Jun 18, 2008

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    Bruggenmannaltar - Schleswig Cathedral

    The Cathedral of St Peter in Schleswig rises high above the town and its vicinity. Its 112-metre spire was added to the building in the years 1894-1984 but the church itself is much older and dates back to the 12th century, although it has undergone many alterations since.
    One of the original fragments of the church is the Romanesque portal of 1180. Some other interesting features include the Gothic Altar of the Magi, a four-metre-high wood carving of Christophorus and the painting of the Blue Madonna by Jurgen Ovens, a pupil of Rembrandt's. But probably the greatest attraction is the famous Bordesholm Altar carved in oak wood by Hans Bruggemann. This monumental and yet exquisitely fine masterpiece took him 7 years to complete - from 1514 to 1521. It is 12.6 metres high and depicts the biblical story of Christ from his arrest to Ascension.
    If you can spare the time and feel up to it, you could climb the tower to the platform at the height of 65 metres to admire the panorama of the area. The bells above it can be viewed too but only with a guided tour which starts in the cathedral.

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    Visit the Dom

    by ranger49 Updated Mar 28, 2008

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    The first and last thing you see when arriving in, or leaving Schleswig is its high tower . The tower is not very old and dates from the 19th Century. The real treasures of St. Peter's Cathedral are to be found inside.

    To find so many mediaeval artistic treasures in this small seaside town,off the main tourist track, was a most unexpected bonus.

    Frescoes, a polychromed retable, a most unusual and beautiful statue of St Christopher carved in wood by Hans Bruggemann, the creator of the Cathedral's Masterpiece -the Bordesholm altar in the choir and a contemporary of Albrecht Durer.

    This amazing work is said to have been commissioned originally for the Augustinian Kloster of Bordelsholm near Kiel. It was carved between 1514 and 1521. It is over 12 metres high and its panels contain more than 400 delicately carved figures, set off by individual frames that look as though they are filigree lacework. The panels depicting the Passion scenes are believed to be based on woodcuts by Durer.
    The intricate beauty of this piece took my breath away. I am sorry that my photos cannot reflect the detail of the work.

    Not a great deal is known about Bruggemann and myths about his life abound. One says that the monks of Bordesholm were so jealous they wanted to make sure nobody else would ever have an Altar to rival their. So they gave him a potion that made him blind and unable to work again.

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    Walk around the city

    by Obak81 Written Jul 23, 2006
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    Schleswig is a old city originally founded by Vikings. During the first millenium of the citys history it has more or less been equally influenced by Danish culture and German culture. This mix in influence can be seen in the hanseatic influence on the building style in the inner city. The Danish infuence can still 150 years after the city was last under danish administration be seen on the many shops with signs in danish.

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    Gottrof Castle

    by Obak81 Written Jul 23, 2006
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    The schloss Gottrof, once a royal castle and center of the Schleswig-Holstein region. Today the castle serves as a museum, and a courious reminder of the diversity of independent germans political entities in the 17'th century.

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    Schloss Gottorf

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 30, 2004

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    Schloss Gottorf

    A decisive turning point in the history of Schleswig was when it became the seat of the royal court in the middle of the 16th century. Schloss Gottorf was transformed from a modest moated castle into a magnificent palace, and became an intellectual and cultural centre
    Today the palace houses the state museums, with the main attractions including the Iron Age bog finds and a collection of expressionist art of international importance in the Kreuzstall.

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    St. Johns Convent

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 30, 2004

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    St. Johns Convent

    It is worth walking in the lovely streets of the idyllic fishing village of Holm.
    In Holm you will find the medieval St. Johns Convent, a religious institution for ladies of rank since the Reformation.

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    A view to the Holm from St. Peters Cathedral

    by Gentleman75 Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    A view to the Holm

    The most impressive medieval building in the city is the St. Peters Cathedral in the old town. Waldemar III was crowned King of Denmark in this cathedral on 24 June 1218.

    Climb the steps of the Neo-Gothic spire, 112 metres high. From there you will have a marvellous view of Schleswig’s old town.

    And if You are in the church don't miss to take a look at the Bordesholmer Altar by Hans Brüggemann, a masterpiece of European wood carving.

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    Climb the steps of St. Peters Cathedral

    by Gentleman75 Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    From the top of the church

    The most impressive medieval building in the city is the St. Peters Cathedral in the old town. Waldemar III was crowned King of Denmark in this cathedral on 24 June 1218.

    Climb the steps of the Neo-Gothic spire, 112 metres high. From there you will have a marvellous view of Schleswig’s old town.

    And if You are in the church don't miss to take a look at the Bordesholmer Altar by Hans Brüggemann, a masterpiece of European wood carving.

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    St. Peters Cathedral

    by Gentleman75 Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    St. Peters Cathedral

    The most impressive medieval building in the city is the St. Peters Cathedral in the old town. Waldemar III was crowned King of Denmark in this cathedral on 24 June 1218.

    Climb the steps of the Neo-Gothic spire, 112 metres high. From there you will have a marvellous view of Schleswig’s old town.

    And if You are in the church don't miss to take a look at the Bordesholmer Altar by Hans Brüggemann, a masterpiece of European wood carving.

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    Rathausmarkt

    by bonio Written Apr 11, 2006

    A small market taking place when we arrived, several bars and restaurants around too, imagine this is a good place to spend a summer evening, maybe notso a snowy March morning?

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    Harbour

    by bonio Written Apr 11, 2006

    Our B & B was just a short walk to the harbour and even on a cold March afternoon there was some activity. Interesting to see the fishing boats. I imagine it's a great place to visit on a warmer day.

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    Holm

    by bonio Written Apr 11, 2006

    Once a community of fishermen, Holm is centred around a cemetry. Good to walk around the village until the snow comes! good cafe here though.

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    Walking in Schleswig Holm

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 30, 2004

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    Marien Hospital (1790)

    It is worth walking in the lovely streets of the idyllic fishing village of Holm.

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