I know I’ve already posted a bunch this week, but I had a beautiful day today and I wanted to share it with you in pictures…
I rode out to Haar today, about an hour from home, on the other side of the city. It was more of a separate little town/village than where I live, which is suburbs plus fields. They had the (Catholic) church and the gasthaus and the bürgersaal (citizen’s hall) all together at the center. But I walked further out to the Lutheran church, where there was an English book sale.
It was a beautiful crisp autumn day.
Here’s the main parish church, St Konrad’s, a neo-Romanesque building from the 30s.
The book sale wasn’t that great, although I did get a paperback of Graham Greene stories, and two children’s books (some of my favorites) for the girls. AND I made this incredible find:
YEAH. I think only Courtney and maybe Heidi will remember this. How did such low quality Christian children’s mystery fiction get all the way over here?
I walked around Haar for a while, wished the biergarten was open, explored the church, which was moderately attractive:
But I was curious, because this building was so new, and they had to have had a church here from way before the 30s. But the 30s seemed too late for them to just demolish the existing foundation (they’d started to preserve historic buildings at that point), so where was the older church?
And then I found it, by spotting the distinctive half-wall that runs around the outside of the graveyard. It is St Nikolaus. First a late Romansque church built in 1272 and supported by a monastery, it was damaged in 1634 during the 30 Years War and fell into disrepair. It was rebuilt in the Baroque style in 1756. After secularization in the early 19th century (when monasteries lost many of their land holdings and buildings), the church lost the support of the monastery, which it had relied on for 730 years, and it once again fell into such poor condition that they closed it and nearly demolished it. Instead they shut it up, and when the new church was finished in 1933, no one had the money or perhaps the desire to open it back up. Restoration finally took place in the early 70s.
I get so excited every time I find a little church like this…
The high altar… look at the color of the marble!
And here, on a side altar.
And one old painting left over, above what looks to be a list of the eighteen soldiers from this parish who died in WWI, and when and where they died.
I rode the train back to Munich and walked around the Viktualienmarkt, with its biergarten, for a little while. I have to remember to come back here on a Saturday before it gets too cold.
You still see people in their Bavarian dress, here and there.
Finally I went to Alter Peter (it’s remained my favorite church near the Marienplatz) and was blown away by how beautiful it is in the early evening light.
Then I came home and had dinner with the kids and put them to bed – easier than I feared – because J. and N. went out to a birthday party tonight.
I hope tomorrow will be as satisfying! Goodnight from Germany…