St. Michael’s Church

Sagard, Germany

St. Michael’s Church in Sagard is a single-nave, four-bay Romanesque church built in the early 13th century. Of the original late-Romanesque structure, the nave walls and the western part of the triumphal arch have survived to their full height. The structure of the Romanesque upper wall has been preserved almost completely inside and out. In about 1400 the choir was rebuilt in Gothic style (using demolition material from the Romanesque choir) and a sacristy was added.

Alterations to the nave by insertion of arcades in the north wall and the construction of a northern aisle and a southern chapel were made in the course of the 15th century. In the south wall of the Romanesque nave, Gothic windows were inserted. The west tower was built in about 1500. The choir has a flat board ceiling (the planned vault was never built). The nave was vaulted after completion of the west tower. In 1633 the polygonal spire was restored and the pavilion roof built. In 1786/87 the south chapel was extended by two rib-vaulted bays in Renaissance style. The two-storey sacristy was built in the 18th century using wall remnants from an older sacristy. The outer wall of the northern aisle was newly faced in 1917. The interior is whitewashed. Fittings are painted a uniform yellowish brown. The floor is paved with brick and clay tiling. The choir is raised by four steps. The rooftruss is medieval. Oldest furnishings and accessories are the corpus of a triumphal cross ensemble from the 15th century.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Robert Zimmermann (9 months ago)
I was a Kolab from the Sagarder church choir and the University of Greifswald for the Messiah performance of Handel. A church that has something to offer for the eyes and ears. If you like old buildings, you can find something beautiful here.
Jutta Schulte (2 years ago)
The exhibition in the church is very well prepared, absolutely worth seeing and touching. One of the oldest churches on Rügen, imposing.
Uwe Jörg (2 years ago)
Very nice church, unfortunately closed in the middle of the day…
a.year.with.julius (5 years ago)
What a great church! What great details! Actually, I just wanted to take a quick look, but then I stayed about 45 minutes, because there was so much to discover. Recommended is the visit in the sunshine, as there is no electric light in the church.
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