Vilmnitz Church

Vilmnitz, Germany

The Imposing Vilmnitz brick church was built in the mid-13th century with double square choir and rib-vaulting. Shortly afterwards, the sacristy to the north was built. Square-hewn fieldstones in the base of the wall point to the early date of building for the choir and the sacristy. Originally there was a narrower nave, completed at about the mid-14th century at the latest. In the 15th century it was demolished and replaced by the present structure. The square, three-storey tower to the west was completed in the late 15th century. The bell dates from 1554. The choir was converted in 1600 into a memorial church by the Putbus family. The simple, Baroque southern narthex was added in the second half of the 18th century to provide access to the patron’s box. An oriel-like extension to the sacristy was added in the 18th century. The church was thoroughly restored in 1906/07. All windows are ogival. The interior is whitewashed. The floor is a few steps higher in the choir, paved with brick tiles (two stamped “1709” and “1762”).

Oldest items are the tomb slab dating from 1533 (originally served to cover the Putbus burial vault), masonry altar block and three crosses in the limestone table slab. Otherwise all furnishings are post-Reformation. Burial vault with 27 splendidly ornamented Putbus family coffins from the period 1637-1856 are worth of seeing.

Churchyard is worth visiting, fieldstone filling wall, 84 gravestones from the 19th century, 12 cast-iron crosses. Picturesque ensemble, church on the hill, churchyard, schoolhouse, and vicarage.



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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Wilfried Musterle (4 months ago)
Enchanted place with an old cemetery. I was lucky as the door was just locked. When I asked if I could look inside the church, I was unlocked again without a word. Very worth seeing, but also very much in need of renovation. The tomb was inaccessible. Good description outside.
Frank Hess (5 months ago)
Slightly off the beaten path church, easily accessible from Putbus by car/bike. Great importance for the dynasty of the princes zu Putbus. There is a tomb under the church. Church was open, information material is available in the church. The outside area looks like a fairy tale and picturesque, old tombs look out of the rampant ivy... - worth seeing, the cemetery next to it is very well maintained.
Uwe Hoffmann (6 months ago)
Wunderschöne alte Kirche , muß man unbedingt von innen sich anschauen.
Albrecht Mehnert (8 months ago)
Have been going to Rügen for 50 years and have visited this magical church every time. Now you are standing in front of a closed door, just sad...
Sonja Schneider (14 months ago)
Beautiful church with a historical background, in an idyllic location. The old cemetery next door with its weathered tombstones is also worth seeing
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