The Church Down The Street

Went wandering through downtown Sulzburg last week. There’s an apartment there I wanted to look at, a possible place to live for the next few years, so it seemed to make sense to check out what the town is like.IMG_1212

I hesitate to use the word quaint, but it did seem like the quintessential German town. Living there might take some getting used to for this city boy, and there will be many posts about that I am sure if the apartment pans out. Today though, just a few pictures from the church down the street from the apartment. I do like to feature a church on Sundays.

I had never heard of St. Cyriak before, but a church named after him is just down the street from the apartment. I looked him up. He was martyred in Rome about 303 A.D. The church is one of the oldest in Germany, dating from at least 993, maybe earlier.IMG_1199

It was a quick visit, and Sulzburg is off the beaten track for English-speaking tourists. There was no helpful English brochure that I could consult. I may tell you more about the church after my next visit. I think the cemetery probably has a tale to tell also.

I can tell you though that the church tower is about a thousand years old, with various other parts of the building being constructed at different times. As with any building that old there have been numerous renovations and restorations, and, of course, a move from Roman Catholicism to Lutheranism.IMG_1204

There are the remains of a few frescoes on the walls, which are mostly white. My guess would be that they are the only ones that were felt to be worth preserving. Frescoes don’t always age well.

My lack of German is a handicap here, but I expect to learn enough to function. The brochure I picked up does have information for people who wish to make a financial contribution to the preservation of the building. What I didn’t see were service times if I want to join with the congregation in worship. That I suppose could be on another brochure that I missed. Or maybe you just listen for the bells to ring. I didn’t look for bells, but I’d bet there are some in the tower.




  1. […] know when the building stopped being a church. It’s not the oldest church in town. That is St. Cyriak, which is more than a thousand years old. This one, if I read the old maps correctly, belongs with […]

  2. […] are practicing their faith – Christianity is more nominal than vibrant. The other town church, St. Cyriak, wasn’t always Lutheran though –  it was founded in the 10th century, hundreds of years […]

  3. Nice pics and blog

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