Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves
June 14, 2013 3 Comments
St. Sebald’s Church is Nuremberg’s oldest parish, dating back possibly to the early 12th century. The church, built in the Gothic style, also reflects architectural styles of other periods.
St. Sebald was badly bombed in World War II. In the nave, there are pictures of the ruins with short, thought-provoking statements on the destruction of war, a pertinent message for every visitor to heed. Many of the paintings, sculptures and altar pieces were removed to a save place prior to the bombing of Nuremberg.
In one story, Sebald was a Nuremberg hermit and part of the 10th and 11th centuries reform movement, wanting to free the church from its close connection to the nobility class.
Sebald in German, and Sebaldus in Latin comes from 2 words, “se” meaning sea, and “bald” meaning brave. He may have been known as a patron saint of sailors. However, in Nuremberg, he became patron saint of business owners and traders as the city became more economically prosperous after it gained the status of a free, imperial city by the Roman Emperor in the 13th century.
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