St. Ignatius Church

Mainz, Germany

The red sandstone facade of St. Ignatius’s rises up in the midst of the low houses of the old city in Kapuzinerstrasse. The church was constructed between 1763 and 1774 to the plans of Johann Peter Jäger, namely in place of the old church of a suburb enclosed within the city wall after 1200.

The church shows an impressive interplay of baroque, as the expression of joy in faith, and classicism, as the expression of reason. Luxuriant stucco works and puttos appear between the strict lines of classicism. Ceiling frescos relate the life and death of St. Ignatius. They were originally by the baroque painter Johann Baptist Enderle, but were later touched up several times. The classicist organ casing (1774-81) above the main entrance is worth of seeing, the organ itself dates from 1837.

Under the church is a crypt in which, apart from clergymen and members of the parish, the church’s architect, stucco worker and carpenter have also been laid to rest. The towerless church is surrounded by a parish garden in which the large crucifixion group, the tomb of the sculptor Hans Backoffen (died 1519) and a Gothic wooden crucifix are to be seen.

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Founded: 1763-1774
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Emerging States (Germany)

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www.mainz.de

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iwona wacker (11 months ago)
Piękny Kosciół przemiły ciepły głos księdza zachęca do słuchania nabożeństwa w pełnym skupieniu
Ivan Talichni (15 months ago)
The red sandstone facade of St. Ignaz rises in the midst of the low old town houses on the Kapuzinerstraße. It is decorated with gray sandstone figures, including that of the patron saint and martyr St. Ignatius of Antioch (+ after 110). Between 1763 and 1774, the church was built according to plans by Johann Peter Jäger, and instead of the old church of a included after 1200 in the city wall Mainz suburb.
Samuel Pellerin (16 months ago)
Nice church but partially under renovation inside.
Helmut (2 years ago)
ein Führer erklärte, dies sei die einzige(!) Kirche nördlich der Alpen, die nicht etwa nach dem bekannten Ignatius von Loyola, sondern nach Ignatius von Antiochien benannt ist (übrigens sind beide längst hinüber, klar, mehr in Wikipedia)
Sing Log Wong (3 years ago)
Under restoration.
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