This church ("Church of our Lady") was built in Baroque style 1756-62 after a fire had destroyed the previous Romanesque church at the same place. The steeple was added only in 1890.
Unfortunately the church was closed when I was there and according to the info I got it is only to visit upon appointment made in advance in the parsonage. The interior is said to be quite beautiful, all made of wood. However, the main attraction of the church is that you can climb the steeple. Again, unfortunatley on on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, thus closed when I was there. Yuck.
Location: Liebfrauenkirchhof, five minutes southeast of the town hall.
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At the western end of the old town is the Westerntor, the only remaining of the former city gates. To be exact, it's just the tower of the city gate that is preserved.
The 36 m tall tower was built ca. 1250 in early Gothic style. Due to the location and massive shape it is one of the landmarks in town.
As beautiful as Breite Strasse is, venture out northwards along Johannisstrasse and Neuer Markt to explore this area, too. It is the so called 'new town' which means this area was inhabited later - in the 13th century - than that one around Market square and Oberpfarrkirchhof.
The parish church St. Johannis dominates the new town. The massive tower is originally preserved from the 13th century while most of the other structure is from the reconstruction in the 15th century. The most interesting piece in the church is the altar from about 1430. The so called 'holiday side' is all woodcarving work, depicting several saints, the life of Jesus Christ and Mary with an angel in the centre. During Lent the wings of the altar are closed so one can only see the backsides paintings. The church also has a very nice Ladegast organ which I would have liked to listen to.
The setting of the church is beautiful, in an enclosed yard, entrance through a gateway between two townhouses. Opening hours on weekdays 10-12/15-17 h (you can get the key in the parsonage, second house to the right of the gateway to the churchyard, Pfarrstrasse).
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