Schelfstadt and Schelfkirche

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Schelfstadt and Schelfkirche Schwerin Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Schelfstadt and Schelfkirche Jun 26, 2009
The suburb named Schelfstadt between Schweriner See and Pfaffenteich, north of the town centre, used to be a separate town until 1832. Planned shortly after 1700, the quarter shows baroque design. This part of the town is not spectacular but quite pretty for a stroll. Many old houses have been well restored in the meantime. A close look reveals that the facades may be made of stone and plaster but the construction behind is cheap half-timbered framework.

The centre of the quarter is the rectangular market square round the church. The neogothic building on the corner is entitled as „Ersparnis-Anstalt“. This was a precedessor of today's savings banks, the building is actually used by the Sparkasse now. Opened in 1821, the institution moved into this neo-gothic building next to Schelfkirche in 1857. Have a closer look at the details of the fancy facade.

The plan for the new quarter included a parish church which was begun in 1708 and finished five years later. It is officially named St Nikolai but usually known as Schelfkirche. The vault underneath the altar is the burial place of the Granddukes and Grandduchesses of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

To art historians specialized on protestant church architecture, this church is a well-known landmark. The original interior was designed by court architect Leonhard Christoph Sturm who then wrote an essay on church design based on this project, entitled Architectonisches Bedencken von protestantischer kleinen Kirchen Figur und Einrichtung (Architectoinic reflections on protestant small churches' form and furnishing). I won't bore the rest of you with more details, those who should know will know what I am talking about. Infortunately Sturm's interior was removed and destroyed in the 19th century and substituted by a historistic design.

The church is open to visitors in the daytime.
Schelfstadt: cheap construction be…
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