Church of St Jakobi in Lüdingworth

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Church of St Jakobi in Lüdingworth: The 'Peasant Cathedral' Feb 14, 2017
The church in Lüdingworth, a small village now a suburb of Cuxhaven, is known as "Lüdingworther Bauerndom", the "peasants' cathedral".

How to get there? Great cycling tour from the seaside suburbs! There is also a hourly bus connection on weekdays from Cuxhaven central station.

The peasants of this region, Land Hadeln, were more or less politically indipendent - officially they belonged to the duchy of Sachsen-Lauenburg but the dukes were clever enough not to insist but rather negotiate. The rare example of a late medieval peasant republic survived till around 1800.

Their church tells of wealth, pride and independence. The farmer families who donated money for the church, its furniture and decoration had their coats of arms (yes, these peasant families had coats of arms) attached to the pieces they paid for, the church is full of them.

The church is open during the summer half of the year (April to October) daily from 9.00 to 17.00, in winter only on Sunday afternoons. Guided tours are offered every Thursday morning from April to October, at 11 a.m. if I am correctly informed. The parish employs a trained guide who does these tours (I know her) and they are very good. Everything is in German, though.
Church in Lüdingworth, interior
Church in Lüdingworth
Church in Lüdingworth
Church in Lüdingworth, interior
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