Church of St Cosmae et Damiani

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Church of St Cosmae et Damiani Feb 12, 2017
Short "St Cosmae", this brick gothic church is the oldest parish church of the town, and the most impressive. The first church here was already built in the 9th/10th century. The present church's nave dates from around 1250. Soon after it was extended by the transept and chour. Its most striking feature is the majestic tower above the intersection of nave and transept. The fire of 1659 damaged the church, which was repaired soon after. The baroque spire is an addition of the 1680s.

From mid March to the end of October the church is open daily: Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday from after the morning service (about 11:30) to 17:00.

The whole medieval interior was destroyed in the fire of 1659, all the present interior except one chandelier dates from the baroque era. The parish community hired the best artisans from Hamburg and other surrounding towns to create a worthy environment for their worship. Note the details of the pulpit, a masterrpiece of woodcarving, its many figures are a summary of the Bible in best Lutheran tradition. The main altar (1674-1677 by the sculptor Christian Precht from Hamburg) may resemble Catholic altars but its scenes of the Passion and resurrection of Christ tell once more of Lutheran theology. Several galleries and boxes were installed to separate social groups and provide special seats for the town's V.I.P.'s. The brass chandeliers are a common feature in North German churches.

One single medieval piece is on display in the church: the altarpiece of St Gertrud, around 1500, which originally belonged to the church of St Nicolai. After the demolition of said church in the 19th century it was brought here and found its place in the chapel by the Southern transept.

On the gallery in the Southern transept they had an exhibition about orthodox icons when I visited. This area seems to be used for exhibitions regularly. It is worth going up, even if you are not interested in the exhibition, for the view down into the church and a closer look at the votive ship.

Model ships can be found in many churches along the coast. They are reminders to remember and pray for the seafaring members of the community, and at the same time a symbol of the Christian community in general. They are usually private donations, often from sailors as sign of gratitude for rescue and protection. This one here, though, is rather young, it was created in 1960 and came into the church only in 1998, and it is a donation of the local savings bank. Well they can do with prayers, too...

The ship in St Cosmae is a four-masted tall ship named Hoffnung, hope.The best spot to see it is from the gallery in the Southern transept - pretend to be interested in the exhibition which is shown up there.

The church's greatest pride is their organ. The magnificent instrument fills the whole Western wall of the nave. It was designed and begun by the master organ builder Berendt Huß from Glückstadt in 1668. His assistant and cousin Arp Schnitger, who later became a master organ builder much more famous than his teacher and mentor, took an important part in the completion. In 1675 the organ was completed. During the following years Schnitger added some more features. After several repairs, changes and renovations the organ has recently been restored to its original shape and sound. - The three gilded statues on top symbolize the Christian virtues of Faith, Love and Hope.

In addition to seeing the interior, it is worth walking round the whole church on the outside. The surroundings offer some little discoveries. A house in the corner of Cosmae-Kirchhof to the street behind has a cute sundial high up on the facade. The sun is half-hidden but twinkling at you - exactly the weather I experienced that day.

A small half-timbered house in the corner behind the church of St Cosmae et Damiani. It has been well restored and served as a residential house now. A plaque on the wall tells that this was the former synagogue of the Jewish community in Stade.
St Cosmae et Damiani
St Cosmae et Damiani
St Cosmae et Damiani
St Cosmae et Damiani, entrance
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odiseya says:
I did not know that there is church dedicated to those famous saints in Germany too.
Posted on: Feb 22, 2017
cotton_foam says:
Posted on: Feb 22, 2017
Congrats on the feature. Well deserved.
Posted on: Feb 22, 2017
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