Sights of the Southern Rhine
A wonderful Romanesque building
of the town from the river are dominated by the towers of
the Church of Maria Himmelfahrt. It is a wonderful
Romanesque building dating from around 1200 although it has
been repaired and restored many times over the years as can
be seen from the different stonework. The north tower and
aisle are the oldest parts of the church.
It is a big square building with towers at the corners and a small apse at the east end. It is almost too big to photograph.
The inside is equally as impressive as the outside with its arcade of sturdy pillars supporting a triforium with the round clerestory windows above. On the west wall is a mural and the organ is in the gallery above the west door.
The brightly coloured borders on the arches painted and ceiling ribs were added in the C19th.
Along the north arcade are paintings of the stages of the cross.
There are more paintings on the walls of the apse at the east end of the church.
At the back of the church is a lovely stone carving of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus placing the body of Christ in the tomb overlooked by the four Marys and St John the Evangelist.
The side aisles have low vaulted ceilings and a small chapel at the east end.
That in the north aisle contains the original high altar from the early C17th with lovely alabaster reliefs depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Annunciation and the Presentation in the Temple.
This is a very attractive church. There is no information in the church and only a certain amount on the internet in German. It is open daily from 9-6. We were late berthing in Andernach and Mass was being said when I arrived at the church. I slipped into the back and listened to the service, taking my pictures once it had finished.
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