St. Sebald Church
Today we are stopping by St. Sebald, this church and Frauenkirche (Missed that trip? Check it out here) are two of the most important churches in the city. It sits across from the old city hall and gets its name from an 8th-century hermit, missionary and patron saint of Nuremberg. It has been a Lutheran Parish church since the Reformation.
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Construction began in 1225, it was originally built as a Romanesque Basilica with two choirs. During the 17th century, several important changes to its structure were made, the side aisles were widened and the steeples were made higher. The late Gothic hall chancel was built between 1309-1345.
In the middle of the 17th century, galleries were added and the interior was remodeled in the Baroque fashion.
The church suffered severe damage during World War II, and later restored.
Not much is known about this church’s namesake, but there are several legends about who he was. One of the earliest (ca. 1280) claims he was contemporary of Henry III and was of Franconian origin. After a pilgrimage to Italy, he became a preacher at Nuremberg.
Another says he was a Frankish nobleman while another says he was the son of the king of Denmark and still another says he was a student in Paris who married a French princess but then abandoned her on their wedding night to go on a pilgrimage to Rome. If one of these legends is the truth, I guess you will have to make up your own mind.
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