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These pictures were taken on May 12, 2012 in a wine village named Kiedrich in Hessen Germany. There was an English Aristocrat buried there with the surname of Sutton as well. The inscription suggests that he did ‘important works’.
It appears that he was able to establish a co-op wine making center.
The two churches are near each other and share a common courtyard. Some parts of St. Valentinus are as old as the 1400’s while the main parts are from the 1500s.
We do not know but suspect there may have been a fire that ruined the original St. Valentinus and it was rebuilt.
This would explain the difference in age of the parts of the main structure.
St. Michael’s appears to have been built after the main church. It’s purpose appears to have been to serve as a place to have mourning ceremonies. It also dates to the 1500 or so.
The Madonna, situated inside the St. Michael Totenkapelle is from the 15th Century and is suspended from the ceiling and rests on metalwork created in 1512. the Madonna is carved from wood by Artist Peter Schro and completed in 1520.
She has a face on both sides!
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This placard describes the St. Michael Totenkapelle (Death Chapel). It was quite nice inside with the Giant wooden Madonna hanging from the ceiling – She was created in the 1520’s.
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These pictures are additional views of St. Valentinus Kirche:
The Following Pictures are of the Outside of St. Michael Totenkapelle or Chapel for the Dead. This is apparently where mourning services were held.
The Following Pictures were taken in the court yard area between the two Churches. Again, it appears that St. Valentinus was built first and was used as the ‘main’ Church. St. Micheal’s appears to have been built later for the purpose of mourning ceremonies. St. Michael Totenkapelle roughly translates to : St Michael’s Chapel for the Dead.
Situated in the court yard between the two churches
The Artistry is Amazing
Between the Two Churches
Next Are the images from INSIDE of St. Michael Totenkapelle
Click these images to see them better. This is the Madonna with 2 faces that hangs in St. Michael Totenkapelle or roughly: St. Michael’s Chapel for The Dead – The madonna was carved out of wood and completed in 1520 by the artist Peter Schro. the metal work that she sits on was created in 1512. The entire Madonna is suspended from the ceiling and apparently has been there for quite some time!
The Madonna has the same face and baby on both the front side and the back. If you are viewing from the pews or from the pulpit you will see a similar image.
This placard explains what was mentioned above about the Madonna, the metal work and the artist:
Stained Glass Inside St. Michael Totenkapelle – click to enlarge
Pillar Carvings inside St. Michael’s Chapel for The Dead
More Pillar Carvings – Magnificent:
Artwork Inside The Chapel situated past the Madonna Statue:
Stained Glass from Inside St. Michael’s (The Stained glass is from sometime in the 1800’s)
More Stained Glass
A Close Up View Of The Madonna Wood Carving Hanging Inside St. Michael Totenkapelle
Another View of the Madonna Carving by Peter Schro Circa 1520.
“An Out of Place” Face in the Chapel?
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