Sights of the Southern Rhine

Church of Mary Himmelfahrt, Andernach


A wonderful Romanesque building


Views 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.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt,
                Andernach

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. 

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt,
                Andernach   Church of Maria
                Himmelfahrt, Andernach

I used the south door with its tympanum of two angels holding the Lamb of God.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt,
                Andernach

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.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt, Andernach

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt,
                Andernach

The brightly coloured borders on the arches painted and ceiling ribs were added in the C19th.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt,
                Andernach

Along the north arcade are paintings of the stages of the cross.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt


Church of Maria Himmelfahrt

There are more paintings on the walls of the apse at the east end of the church.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt, Andernach

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt,
                Andernach     Church
                of Maria Himmelfahrt, Andernach

The heavily carved Baroque pulpit dates from around 1700.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt,
                Andernach

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.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt, Andernach

The side aisles have low vaulted ceilings and a small chapel at the east end.
 Church of Maria Himmelfahrt, Andernach

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.

Church of Maria Himmelfahrt, Andernach

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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