Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A Year in Pictures – 10 February 2015 – St John the Evangelist

As I have not been able to get out and take a new photo for today, here is one taken last summer in the Elisabethkirche in Marburg, Germany. Referring back to the post of 8 February—where I showed you part of a brass Victorian eagle lectern from a church in West London—here is the eagle again, this time clearly shown as the symbolic creature of St John the Evangelist.

The carving shown above forms one facet of the Elisabethkirche's 19th-century pulpit, whose other facets show the Gospel writers in sequence. In addition to a number of important sacred artworks associated with St Elisabeth of Hungary, the church also contains tombs of mediaeval Landgraves of Hessen and, controversially for some, the tombs of Paul von Hindenburg and his wife.

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