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Old April 1st, 2013, 03:29 AM   #601
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Fantastic display and presentation of Lutheran Churches. Even more sweet as it is Easter Sunday. Great photos; the tower of the Weissuhnun church is similar to the Darmstadt tower. Thanks!

Very impressed that the Churches have been restored and/or rebuilt. A little known sad fact, though, is that many of the German cemeteries at the churches or other places were bulldozed after the war and completely removed. Some were simply piled up (remains and tombstones and all) and left as mounds on the landscape.
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Old April 1st, 2013, 08:18 AM   #602
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The conversion of Albert of Prussia to Lutheranism in 1525 brought all of ducal Prussia and Masuria to Protestantism. From 1772-1945 Warmia was part of Lutheran East Prussia, with the exception that the people of Warmia remained largely Catholic.

The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland the largest Protestant body in Poland ( 80.000 out of 150.000 Polish Protestants), is rooted in the Reformation. The first Lutheran sermons were held in 1518, and in 1523 the first Lutheran dean, Johann Heß, was called to the city of Wrocław/Breslau, whence Lutheranism was spread into the Polish lands.

Today the Evangelical church In Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship has 15 parishes and 27 chapels.

So let me show you a few Lutheran churches in Warmia/Masuria
Beautiful and attractive churches. They are in excellent condition. I assume they are used for services now. Very nice on Easter Sunday.
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Poland preserved many of these beautiful churches, while Kaliningrad didn't.....
Wonder if they're ever going to renovate or reconstruct churches in Kaliningrad.....
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"A little known sad fact, though, is that many of the German cemeteries at the churches or other places were bulldozed after the war and completely removed."
It is well known (and very sad) fact, but belive me are the Poles that want to preserve sometimes even the rests of this heritage.
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Old April 1st, 2013, 05:16 PM   #605
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I'm glad that you like it.

@ Depeched – Thanks. You're doing a great job here.
@ Mruczek – My bad – haste makes waste
@TimothyR - Yes, they are used for services.

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The Evangelical Church suffered during and after World War II. The ranks of pastors, teachers and other church leadership were somewhat diminished by persecution, imprisonment, and death. During the early postwar years, a staggering number of church properties were taken over for other purposes, and the connections of Protestant Lutheranism to the German cultural sphere made authorities and Polish locals inimical towards the Lutherans left. But after decades of miserable People's Republic, poverty and emigration, a Protestant revival is beginning (IMHO).

After WW II many Protestant churches were handed over to Catholics.

For example:

Ełk/Lyck ,Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (built in 1847-50)

Author: Ludwig Schneider

Bartoszyce/ Bartenstein, Church of Sts. John the Evangelist and Our Lady of Czestochowa ( built in 14th. Century, rebuilt in 1678 and rebuilt after 1945)

Author: Marek i Ewa Wojciechowscy

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Author: Marek i Ewa Wojciechowscy

Pasłęk/ Preußisch Holland, St. Bartholomew Chuch (built In 1350)

Author: Loraine90

Gołdap/ Goldap, Co-cathedral Mater Ecclesiae (built in 1560)

Author: Rimantas Lazdynas
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Old April 1st, 2013, 05:18 PM   #606
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Węgorzewo/ Angerburg, Church of SS. Peter and Paul ( built in 1605-1611)

Author: Janericloebe

Inside

Author: Ludwig Schneider

Sępopol/Schippenbeil, Saint Michael Archangel church ( built in 1370)

author: Romek

Elbląg/Elbing, St. Paul Chuch ( built in 1895)

author: Bartezoo

Elbląg/Elbing, Church of Dorothea of Montau ( built in 1705-1759 in Kaczynos/Katznase )


Author: Merlin

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Pre war Insterburg/ Cherniachovsk K. D

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Bartoszyce/ Bartenstein, Church of Sts. John the Evangelist and Our Lady of Czestochowa ( built in 14th. Century, rebuilt in 1678 and rebuilt after 1945)

Author: Marek i Ewa Wojciechowscy

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My beloved Bartenstein

The St John the Evangelist church got 3 direct hits (probably Soviet howitzer-gun 1931/37 152 mm). The vault got direct hit and was partially crushed. The building was reconstructed in 1946-58 and reconsecrated then.

There is also another interesting church: St. John the Baptist. It is a mystery, because it hasn't been confirmed, when exactly the structure had been built: either during the first, unsuccessful attempt to locate the city Rosenthal between 1326 and 1332 (hypothesis of Max Hein) or after destruction of the castle chapel during the pro-Polish mutiny of the Bartenstein citizens in 1454 (or more possibly: after the 13-year old ended in 1466). The first known mention of the church is from 1484.
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Any photos or history on the pre war Lutheran churches in Marienwerder would be appreciated greatly.
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Any photos or history on the pre war Lutheran churches in Marienwerder would be appreciated greatly.
Co-cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Kwidzyn/Marienwerder - built in 14th. century ( former Protestant church).

Author: Jerzy Strzelecki

Interior (looking east)

Author: Pko

Crypt

Author: Pko

Nave of Cathedral seen from upper storey of presbytery

Author: Pko

Tomb of Otto Friedrich von der Groeben

Author: Robert Niedźwiedzki


History and photos in Polish/ English/ German.
http://www.katedrakwidzyn.pl/en/o_konkatedrze/

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Lutheran chapel ( today Catholic) – built in 1892

http://galeria.e-kwidzyn.pl/

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6th edition (1818) of the Marienwerder Mennonites hymnbook ( At this time the Dutch hymnbook was replaced by a German).


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They've reconstructed a part of the former Altstadt in Kwidzyn around the Markt a couple of years ago, can't find any pictures of the reconstructions
Does somebody have a good link to a few pictures or so?
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They've reconstructed a part of the former Altstadt in Kwidzyn around the Markt a couple of years ago, can't find any pictures of the reconstructions
Does somebody have a good link to a few pictures or so?
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The grassy area in the foreground with the ruin is the location and what remains of the former Lutheran Church, while the larger cathedral was Catholic in pre war times. Correct?
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(...) while the larger cathedral was Catholic in pre war times. Correct?

The larger cathedral was Lutheran in pre war times.

14th century- 1525: Catholic
1525 - 1945: Protestant
1945 - Catholic

History and photos in Polish/ English/ German.
http://www.katedrakwidzyn.pl/en/o_konkatedrze/

Ps. The largest Catholic church in Kwidzyn before II WW.

Holy Trinity church - built in 1846-1858 in rundbogenstil (Karl Friedrich Schinkel).

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The reconstructions look quite awesome.... not the best ones I've ever seen, but still....
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What is the ruin in the grassy area? Looks like the remains of a structure that occupied the entire space.
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What is the ruin in the grassy area? Looks like the remains of a structure that occupied the entire space.
That is the former Rathaus, which was a beauty on her own..... Does anybody know if this structure is getting rebuilt?


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Hopefully soon, this is what this area used to look like:

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Graveyard of Ships in Klaipėda/Memel. Lithuania
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