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“Only opened at prayer services, interesting history”

Gnodstadt Evangelischen Pfarrkirche
Reviewed December 4, 2011

Gnodstadt once had a wall of ditches and towers (demolished early 19th century), the cemetery had a rampage as well. 13th Century Church tower, its helmet dates from 1577. The late Gothic choir was built in 1492, the nave is in its core Gothic but was changed 18th century. Within North and West galleries of two-and three floors. On the Northern Middle balustrade recently murals with passion scenes have been uncovered. The fresco remains in the choir arch depict two Angels with Arma Christi. Of the beautiful village church have been preserved: the altar from 1680 with a representation of the sacrament, the baptismal font, a stone work uit1597 and a number of well edited pastors-epitaphien from the period 1617 tot1708. The Church must once have had an altar of Our Lady, which was donated in 1477 (the altar later got lost, destination unknown), in the midst of it a miraculous Madonna with the Christ Child on her arm. When Gnodtstadt became Protestant in 1528 the statue must have been removed and faded into obliviance untill this sleeping beauty awoke second half of 19th century. She was found by Pastor Dr. Michael Wieland of Würzburg who bought the statue and took her with him to the Hassberge region. After his death bookseller Valentin Bauch got hold of the statue as part of the inheritance, the Madonna was on display in his bookshop and put up for sale. Clergyman Josef Heeger knew and admired the statue from his childhood onwards, however, before he could even make an atempt to buy her, she was sold for 3000 mark to the Dominican monastery St. Josef in Düsseldorf where for the next 100 years she was on display in the private Chapter Hall. Since July 2010 she is on display for the public in monastery church St Andreas in the space in front of the sachristie. The Madonna with infant Jesus is 101 cm high, carved from wood, hollow at the back and painted. She wears a Golden Crown and a gold dress, an off-white coat which is colored in blue. A blue edge edging runs around the top of the mantle and carries the inscription on two pages: "REGINA PACIS ORA PRO NOBIS" - "Queen of peace, pray for us". In her right hand, Maria holds a golden pear, symbol of fertility and purity. The infant Jesus is wearing a loincloth, sits on the left arm of his mother, holding up his right hand in a blessing gesture. The face of Mary is of timeless beauty and grace.

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