Baroque Churches of Germany Photos

As the Reformation accelerated in the 1500s, one goal was to simplify Christianity by removing artwork from churches. The Catholic church, in a move to keep and expand its followers moved in the opposite direction by introducing Baroque art to make its churches more wonderful. Given that Germany was one of the main battlegrounds of the Reformation, Catholic churches in Germany became elaborate attractions to people with an otherwise simple life.

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Gößweinstein pilgrimage basilica , Franconia (1730-9) Baroque by Balthasar Neumann Gößweinstein pilgrimage basilica of Holy Trinity. Gößweinstein, Germany Overview of Baroque ceiling with holy trinity surrounded by saints in heaven at Gößweinstein pilgrimage basilica. Gößweinstein, Germany Baroque ceiling painting of God with Evangelists surrounded by angels at Gößweinstein pilgrimage basilica. Gößweinstein, Germany
Ehrenburg Palace Court Church, Coburg (1734) Baroque stuccowork by Luchese Brothers Court church with Baroque stuccowork by Luchese Brothers at Ehrenburg Palace. Coburg, Germany Ceiling painting of four horsemen of Apocalypse from Revelations of St. John in Court church at Ehrenburg Palace. Coburg, Germany Baroque details of Court church at Ehrenburg Palace. Coburg, Germany
Basilica of 14-Saints (Vierzehnheiligen), Franconia (1743-72) Baroque by Balthasar Neumann 14-Saints Basilica. Bad Staffelstein, Germany Main altar of 14-Saints Basilica. Bad Staffelstein, Germany Statue of St. Denis martyred bishop at 14-Saints Basilica. Bad Staffelstein, Germany
Basilica St. Mang, Füssen (converted 1701-17) by Johann Jakob Herkomer Finial atop clock tower of Basilica St. Mang. Füssen, Germany Detail of death of St. Magnus of Füssen ceiling fresco from life of St. Mang at Basilica St. Mang. Füssen, Germany Detail of winged dragon candle holder at Basilica St. Mang. Füssen, Germany
Füssen City Museum in St. Mang Monastery (c1700) Baroque ceiling frescoes & balcony in monastery library at Museum of City of Füssen in Kloster St. Mang. Füssen, Germany Ceiling & corner frescoes in Imperial Hall at Museum of City of Füssen in Kloster St. Mang. Füssen, Germany Ceiling fresco representing Church & State in Imperial Hall at Museum of City of Füssen in Kloster St. Mang. Füssen, Germany
Etttal Abbey, Germany Ettal Benedictine Abbey original Abbey founded by Emperor Ludwig IV. Ettal village, Germany Detail of frescoes by Johann Jakob Zeiller on dome of Ettal Benedictine Abbey. Ettal village, Germany Baroque painting by Jo. Jacob Zeiller of King Ludwig receiving statue of Madonna & Child, later an object of pilgrimage for which Ettal Benedictine Abbey is known. Ettal village, Germany
Benediktbeuern Abbey, Germany Benediktbeuern. Germany Ornate plasterwork & Baroque painting on ceiling in St. Benedict church at Benediktbeuern Abbey. Germany Painting of Holy Mother & Child protecting Benediktbeuern Abbey in St. Benedict Church. Germany
Gmund, Germany Onion dome tower of St. Aegidius parish church. Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany Baroque interior of St. Aegidius parish church. Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany High altar of St. Aegidius parish church crowned with Archangel Michael slaying Satan with spear. Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany

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