The Barfüsserkirche in Erfurt is an attractive ruin and silent witness to the destruction of war. Built mainly in the 14th century, the large Franciscan church was partially destroyed by WWII bombs. The nave remains in ruins but the restored choir has its 13th-century stained glass windows of St. Francis and a small museum of medieval artifacts.
History of Barfüsserkirche
Construction on the Barfusserkirche began in 1291 and the choir was consecrated in 1316. The nave was finally completed in 1430.
The Franciscan monastery was closed down at the Reformation, and between 1641 and 1648, the monastic buildings were destroyed.
On November 26, 1944, the church was hit by a bomb. Unlike most other German churches, it was never rebuilt. Since 1977, it has housed a museum.
What to See at Barfüsserkirche
The Gothic nave (completed 1430) stands open to the sky, its vault missing and south wall completely destroyed. The north wall and aisle are intact to their full height, however, providing an unusually clear view of the construction of a Gothic nave. It is an impressive and unexpected sight from the quiet street it occupies.
The beautiful Gothic choir (completed 1316) has been restored. It now contains a small museum of religious art, including the church's original 13th-century stained glass windows of St. Francis.
Quick Facts on Barfüsserkirche
|Categories:||churches; museums; ruins|
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|Coordinates:||50.975548° N, 11.030231° E|
|Hours:||Apr-Oct daily 10am-1pm, 2-6pm|
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- Personal visit (exterior only; March 12, 2008).
- Historical marker on the church.
- Lonely Planet Germany, 5th ed. (March 2007), 254.
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