St. Mary's Church

Waase, Germany

The chapel created in 1291 by Cistercian monks assumed its present shape in 1440 when it was rebuilt as a St. Mary's brick church. The half-timber framed nave (oak beams with brick fillings) was constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries with the choir annex added in the 18th century. Later restoration works served to expose paintings from around 1470 on the walls and the triumphal arch. The oldest decorative features are the Gothic triumphal crucifix (around 1500) and the Gothic carved altar created in 1520 at Antwerp. This altar is considered one of the truly outstanding sacred works of art anywhere in Northern Germany and bears close stylistic resemblances to the Bordesholm Altar at Schleswig by Hans Brüggemann and Jan Bormann’s altar for the Güstrow parish church made in Brussels at roughly the same period. The altar was originally acquired by wealthy merchants from Stralsund for a local Church and found its way to its present location only in 1708. The pulpit was originally made for another church, too, probably again in Stralsund, and the and brass chandelier also comes from there.



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Founded: 1440
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Manuel Otte (8 months ago)
The church is very old and surrounded by an old cemetery. Unfortunately the church was closed so you couldn't look inside. The free-standing bell tower is particularly beautiful. So if you're ever in Ummanz, just stop by.
Ralf Krob (12 months ago)
Unfortunately, compared to other churches on Rügen, it is always closed...a shame
Katharina Gruendling (14 months ago)
A very nice place with unfortunately very unfriendly ladies encountered today. The church was probably cleaned for Easter, which has to be done. However, as soon as we got inside the church, we were told that we had to pay for the altar. It was not possible to go further in because the aisle was full of buckets. There is a small, idyllic cemetery on the church square, and an older lady who seemed to be part of it said what the children were doing here? Children are our future. Conclusion, very disappointing. A church, no matter which one, is a place of peace, harmony and full of joy, that is what the people who work in and with it should convey to everyone.
Holger Stridde (3 years ago)
Unfortunately we could only look at the church from the outside as it was closed when we visited. However, the area is designed in an interesting way and there were colonies of birds (crows?) In the trees by the parking lots during our visit. It was impressive how they scolded us when we disturbed them with our presence.
Angelika Schulz (5 years ago)
Very nice
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