Augustine Monastery and Church of the Holy Cross

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Landau in der Pfalz, Germany

Augustine Monastery and Church of the Holy Cross Landau in der Pfalz Reviews

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Augustine Monastery and Church of the Holy Cross Apr 28, 2017
The catholic parish church zum Heiligen Kreuz (of the Holy Cross) used to be the church of the adjacent Augustine monastery until 1791 when the monastery was closed down. The gothic church was built in the typical plain pattern used by the mendicant orders, no steeple but just a tiny spire on top of the choir for the bells.

The church has been hit by World War II bombs. The architecture has been repaired in its former shape but most of the furniture, the windows, the organ are modern. The stone baptismal font, dated 1506, has been brought here from the Stiftskirche.

The three wings of the baroque convent buildings adjacent to the church surround a beautiful cloister. It is an oasis of peace in the town centre. The late gothic cloister dates from the 15th century and has been integrated in the new baroque convent buildings that were erected in the mid-18th century. Old tombstones have been put up along the walls.

The garden in the courtyard with the fountain in the middle has been planted a few years ago by initiative of Landau citizens. Benches invite to rest.

The quiet cloister is used for meditation services and concerts and the so-called „talks by the fountain“, meetings about religious topics.

World War II bombs have hit the complex and destroyed the eastern wing. A stone memorial on the wall recalls the 38 people who died in an air raid in that very spot.

Free entry in the daytime. Entrance is not through the church but through the portals next to the church into the convent building, both from Königstraße and Edith-Stein-Platz.

The reference to Edith Stein is no coincidence. Saint Edith Stein used to live in a Carmelite convent in nearby Speyer as Sister Theresia Benedicta vom Kreuz before her and her sister's deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau. The square east of the former Augustine monastery has been dedicated to her memory. The modern monument shows her portrait and signature in a steel frame. It is surrounded by a small park.
Augustinerkloster, cloister
Augustinerkloster
Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, interior
Edith Stein memorial
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