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Welcome to Herrgottskirche Creglingen

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Opening hours January and February

From 1st January 2024 the Herrgottskirche is closed in the months January and February

Closed on Monday!
Further details see Opening hours


Small church- Big Wonder

the "Light wonder" in the Riemenschneider altar


August 15th is the day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. In Creglingen near Rothenburg ob der Tauber and in the middle of the "Lovely Tauber Valley" guests will find something very special:
the masterpiece by Tilman Riemenschneider!
In a side valley of the Tauber - the "Herrgottstal" - the path leads to the "Herrgottskirche" one kilometre outside the village. Art lovers from all over the world admire the famous altar of Mary every year.
In the centre of the masterpiece the artist Tilman Riemenschneider shows the Assumption of Mary.
As an extraordinary experience - sunshine in the evening hours provided - visitors can watch the so-called "light miracle" from August 15th!
The interplay of the representation of Mary in the altar and the wandering sunlight creates a fascinating symbiosis...

What happens? A Gothic window adorns the western end of the chapel, which was built by the von Hohenlohe-Brauneck family and completed in 1389.

Between August 15th and August 31st, the position of the sun in the evening - best seen from about 5 - 6 pm -, the window and the area of the statue of the Virgin Mary in the altar form a line. For the observer it almost seems as if the Ascension of Mary could be experienced in person

One must know that the church is actually very dark - the artificial lighting of the Marian altar is therefore minimized in this "miracle of light".
Now, when a ray of light highlights the figure of Mary from the altar surroundings, it was a dramatic effect at the time that made an impression.
A medieval "spotlight"!


Hour of natural light 2024

Tuesday, 2nd July til Sunday,  7th July 2024

Clock hour of natural lightThe church renovation of 2011 brought a new electrical lighting concept. Since then, the altar of the Virgin Mary by Tilman Riemenschneider shines in a special light.

But there are also voices that say that the altar is more expressive in natural light. A comparison is possible again this year:

During the hour of natural light the electrical light gets switched off in the time from 17 to 18 o'clock!

The colour of the wood, the spatial impression (the new - different shading) and the detailed workings, change in a very interesting way.
Who enters the church shortly before 17 o'clock, sees both light variants!
Let yourself be surprised!

Do not confuse the hour of natural light with the miracle of light. You can admire the miracle of light from 15th - 31st August 2024.


Visit the Herrgottskirche also in "real" - 
a place, where heaven and earth meet each other.

A good place to meet
god,
yourself,
the art and
other humans.

Let yourself be impressed by the probably most significant altar from Tilman Riemenschneider.


We would be pleased about any financial contribution so that the Herrgottskirche can remain open.
Many thanks!

Donation accounts:
Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Creglingen
Sparkasse Tauberfranken
IBAN: DE89 6735 2565 0000 6008 66
or
Volksbank Vorbach-Tauber eG
IBAN: DE 98 6239 1420 0026 8340 06

 

 

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