Other monuments of Saarbrüecken!

And in my continuing saga of updating older posts for this period and enjoying every letter of them I bring you and I back to Germany. Many memorable moments of the family decision to come for our vacation here and we love it. Memories forever ,as is the case of visiting Saarbrüecken and seeing its many monuments. Let me tell you a bit about them here ok. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Now that I rumbling thru Germany why not bring you to a major city have visited and written on it previous posts in my blog. However, as there is so much to see, believe fair to write a post just on the other monuments of the city of Saarbrüecken! There is a lot more info in German of course I just try to give you some historical background and main pictures , in the hope you can come and see them. It is a nice city to walk its center indeed. We came here by car but once parked walked all over!              

The Saint Jakob Church is the parish church in Old Saar , the center of the Saarland capital Saarbrücken in the southern part of the Diocese of Trier. The patron Saint of the church is the Apostle James the Elder. With regard to its patronage, the church is in the historical tradition of the medieval Saarbrüecken Castle Chapel.  The inhabitants of the original town of Saarbrücken, now the Old Saar Bridge district, belonged to the parish of the Collegiate Church of St. Arnual. But they had their own chapel as early as the 13C. This chapel was built under the reign of Countess Lauretta . The Bishop Philip of Flörchingen  had given permission to build the chapel in 1261.  By 1549, Saarbrüecken became an independent parish. In 1575, the Reformation was introduced by Count Philip III of Nassau-Saarbrücken, and by the beginning of the 19C there was no Catholic parish in Saarbrücken. In 1803, a cantonal circle was built in Saarbrücken, which was then part of France (Département de la Sarre), but it did not have its own church, but had to use the Church of St. John.


The Church of Saint Jakob was originally a three-aisled neo-Gothic stepped hall with a west tower, a little sprawling cross-aisle, a recessed choir room with a chorus and an enclosed three-sided. The facade was emphasized by pillars of four half columns with polygonal fighter plates. The furnishing of the Church of St Jakob includes an altar that can be rotated around a fixed point of view, which can therefore be used for various sacred uses. In addition, it is also possible to completely evacuate the altar and thus free up the altar space for cultural uses.  Other things to see are the sculpture of Ste. Barbara in the left side chapel, the sculpture group Mother Anna  in the right side chapel, the Madonna with Child Jesus in the Chapel of St. Mary, the wood-carved sculpture group St. Anthony , and the tabernacle with sacrament scene. The organ was built in 1950.


The official Church of St Jakob webpage in German: https://sanktjakob.de/

The Ludwigskirche or Church of St Ludwig (aka Prince Louis of Nassau) is a Protestant Baroque-style church. Symbol of the city, it is with the Frauenkirche of Dresden and the Michel of Hamburg one of the best examples of Protestant church built in Germany.  Built from 1762 under the patronage of Prince Guillaume Henri of Nassau-Saarbrüecken in the center of a typical baroque square, it was completed and inaugurated in 1775 by Prince Louis of Nassau-Saarbrüecken, son and successor of Guillaume-Henri, who gave it his name and the square on which the Church was built. Restored in the 19C and 20C, it was severely damaged by the bombardments of 1944. Rebuilt from 1949 and until the 1970’s. 


The ground plan is shaped somewhat like a Greek cross; the arms are 38.5 meters ,and  34.2 meters long each and are each 17 meters wide. There are niches on the outside which contain statues of the four Evangelists. The stone balustrades were decorated with 28 figures, depicting the apostles, prophets and other Biblical people. The interior of the Church of St Ludwig is decorated with ornamental stucco . Each of the four arms of the cross has a gallery supported by two to four caryatids. The floor is made of sandstone. Until 1944 there has been an organ, the modern organ case is a reconstruction of the historical case. The current organ was built in 1982.


The Saarbrüecken tourist office on the church: https://tourismus.saarbruecken.de/en/discovering/sights/ludwigskirche_ludwig_s_church

The Church of Saint John ( Johanneskirche) is a neo-Gothic Church built between 1894 and 1898. The Church was not affected by the bombardments of WWII, which razed almost all of the center of Saarbrücken between 1942 and 1945. Today it is used for Protestant worship, but also for many events such as dinners, film screenings, cocktails, etc. It is possible to rent this Church to organize an event. Located at  Cecilienstr. 2, (street) ,not to be confused with the Basilica of St John.


The Saarbrüecken tourist office on the church: https://tourismus.saarbruecken.de/en/discovering/sights/johanneskirche_st_john_s_church

When you walk a lot in a city you get to places off the beaten path, some of the above can be considered that and you find jewels to be visit and hope you enjoy the tour to make you visit them, on the Other monuments of Saarbrüecken!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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