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Cranach's Churches

The impact of Lucas Cranach the Younger and his father on the cultural and artistic landscape of Saxony-Anhalt can also be enjoyed outside of museums. To this day, many churches in Saxony-Anhalt are home to valuable Cranach altarpieces and paintings. For the first time, the “Cranach churches” in the region of Dessau-Wittenberg will be hosting a variety of religious services, events and exhibitions to allow a broader viewership to experience and enjoy these many treasures.

Discover hidden treasures at religious sites – sites for which Cranach originally created his works. Visit St. John’s Church and St. Mary’s Church in Dessau, St. Bartholomew’s Church in Zerbst, the Patronage Church in Klieken, the Town Churches of St. Mary in Wittenberg and Kemberg, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Dabrun, and St. Paul’s Church in Dietrichsdorf.




St. John’s went into service as a Lutheran church in the largely Reformed city of Dessau in 1702. In 1992, restoration work was completed on the three preserved Cranach paintings in the ruined town and castle church of St. Mary in Dessau. Since that time, the works by Lucas Cranach the Younger have been on display in the sanctuary of St. John’s Church, namely “Christ at the Mount of Olives” (1561) and the famous “Dessau Last Supper Panel” (1565), which includes a likeness of the most important central German reformers, various members of the royal house of Anhalt, and the only confirmed self-portrait of Cranach the Younger. The “Crucifixion” by Lucas Cranach the Elder from 1523 is also on view.

OPENING HOURS
Through 28 June: Mon-Sun, 11 a.m to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

29 June to 31 October: Mon-Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SERVICE
Parish Office of St. John’s and St. Mary’s in Dessau
Johannisstraße 11
06844 Dessau-Roßlau

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In 1552-1553, the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Younger created 53 paintings for the gallery frieze in St. Mary’s Church. Many of the works were destroyed in the firestorm of March 7, 1945. However, three of the four most important paintings had been evacuated, and so survived. In 1992, they were transferred to St. John’s Church. As part of the “Cranach in Anhalt” exhibition in the Johannbau, the adjacent St. Mary’s Church now features an informative exhibition and a spatial simulation, which explains the transformation of the church into a Protestant house of worship in the 16th century.

OPENING HOURS
Tue-Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SERVICE
Cultural Office of the City of Dessau-Rosslau
Zerbster Straße 4
06844 Dessau-Roßlau

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St. Peter’s Church is situated in the middle of the garden area of Dessau-Wörlitz. After the church had already received several renovations, Duke Franz commissioned its reconstruction and partial rebuilding in the neo-Gothic style between 1804 and 1809. Across from the pulpit hangs a painting by Lucas Cranach the Younger, which depicts Martin Luther in his later years. In 1532, Luther held sermons here before the Anhaltinian dukes. The side elements of the painting describe the life and reformational work of Luther in the learned language of Latin.

OPENING HOURS
Tue-Sat, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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St. Peter’s of Wörlitz
Kirchgasse 34
06785 Oranienbaum-Wörlitz

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Lucas Cranach the Younger’s epitaph of Prince Wolfgang von Anhalt (1568) is on display in St. Bartholomew’s Church. The epitaph depicts the baptism of Jesus. The prince is kneeling at the bank of the Elbe River. The Wittenberg reformers and Dessau princes stand as witnesses in the background. Prince Wolfgang died in Zerbst in 1566, and is buried at the altar of St. Bartholomew’s.

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat-Sun by arrangement

SERVICE
Parish Office Zerbst St. Bartholomew’s

Schloßfreiheit 3
39261 Zerbst

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The most important ornament in the Patronage Church of Klieken is the winged retable from the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder. Created in 1515, it is one of the few surviving pre-Reformation early works of Cranach in Wittenberg. In 1980, the panels were removed from the hinges and stolen. By miraculous coincidence they were discovered in an antiquarian bookshop in Bamberg in 2007. They were returned to the church in 2013. The panels depict the Annunciation, among other themes.

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SERVICE
Regional Parish Office of Coswig-Zieko
Dorfstraße 2
06869 Coswig (Anhalt)

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The remarkable interior of Coswig’s St. Nicolas, which is dominated by two galleries, contains a painting of the Crucifixion (1556) and the monumental epitaph of Otto von Pogk (1578), both by Lucas Cranach the Younger. A side room contains a depiction of the Lord’s Supper in the Cranach school.

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat-Sun and holidays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SERVICE
Regional Parish Office of Coswig
Schloßstraße 58
06869 Coswig (Anhalt)

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Until 1994, the church housed a Cranach altar dating from 1565. The altar was destroyed in a smoldering fire. Today the panel by Lucas Cranach the Younger depicting the baptism of Christ in the presence of the reformers as well as the depictions of the Fall of Man and the Flood remain on view. Fragments of the Crucifixion panel and the Lord’s Supper are also visible, as are important sections of an original Renaissance altar frame. Only a few such frames on Cranach’s works have been preserved.

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat-Sun and holidays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SERVICE
St. Mary’s Kemberg
Kreuzstraße 8
06901 Kemberg

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A large panel painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which originally was displayed in the nearby church of Pratau, was stored in the choir area. The painting was part of an epochal cycle of altarpieces from the Collegiate Church of Cardinal Albrecht in Halle. It depicts the Road to Cavalry.

OPENING HOURS
By arrangement

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Dabrun Church

Rötzscher Straße
06901 Kemberg-Dabrun

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St. Paul’s Church in Dietrichsdorf is home to a restored altarpiece featuring a depiction of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane by Lucas Cranach the Younger, painted in 1573. It came from the Town Church of St. Mary in Wittenberg, where it once hung as an epitaph for Anna Hetzner. The foundation stone for St. Paul’s was laid in 1863. It is a brick structure in the neo-Romanesque style.

OPENING HOURS
Wed-Fri, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sat-Sun, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reservations required under tel.: +49 (0) 34922-6 04 18 /Schmidt’s Landgasthof

SERVICE
Evangelical-Lutheran Town Church Parish of Wittenberg
Jüdenstraße 36
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

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Organisation Cranach churches

SERVICE
Service Office „Cranach 2015“
Luther Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt
T. +49 (0) 34 91-420 31 71 │ service@cranach2015.de


ORGANIZER
Evangelical-Lutheran National Church of AnhaltEvangelical-Lutheran Parish Church of Wittenberg


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