Rittermannshagen village church

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Rittermannshagen village church
Outside pulpit and niches
Look at the choir

The village church in Rittermannshagen , a district of Faulenrost in the Mecklenburg Lake District in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, is a Gothic brick church from the 13th or 14th century. The community belongs to the Rostock provost in the Mecklenburg parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany ( Northern Church ).


The building history of the church is largely in the dark. Based on architectural characteristics and dendrochronological studies in the roof structure of the choir, the time of its construction is estimated to be 1300. The church was built as a Gothic brick building on a base made of hewn granite stones . The oldest part of the building is the east-facing rectangular choir with a ribbed vault and a gable with a cross-ornamentation. The naveonce had a ribbed vault, but is now flat covered. A visitation log from 1648 reports that the church was said to have been damaged by a collapsing tower in 1634, although no traces of an earlier tower can be seen on the masonry. As in numerous other churches, walled-in entrances can be seen on the long sides of the building. A peculiarity of the Rittermannshagener church are the niches worked into two buttresses on the southeast corner. Its former meaning is unknown. It is assumed that the larger niche is a field pulpit and the half-height niche is a shrine for figures of saints, possibly in connection with a former pilgrimage, but other explanations are also possible.

The attached crypt to the north of the choir probably dates from the 18th century. The west gable of the nave did not get its present shape until the 19th century. The interior of the church was renovated around 1868. An old gilded carved altar was also replaced by a simple one. The old altar initially stayed in Rittermannshagen for a while and then moved to Basedow Castle . In the course of the interior renovation in the 19th century, the church received a new pulpit and in 1867 a harmonium (a gift from the patron saint Cuno von Hahn or the curator Herr von Engel). In 1902 the church received the present organ as a gift from the tenant of the Rittermannshagen-Hof. The organ is placed on the gallery in the west of the nave and comes from the Rostock organ builder Carl Börger .

Today's interior design of the church was mainly created during the last major renovation in 1966. In recent years, further renovations have taken place. Since 2005, the ornate east gable, the choir vault, the outer pulpit and the organ have been restored. The roof covering over the nave and the masonry are to be renovated by 2010.


The art treasures of the church consist in particular of several wooden figures from the 15th century. The crucifix is provided with evangelist symbols on the three upper ends of the cross . The arms of the Jesus figure are missing. Four more wooden figures are set up in the choir, which are described as Anna herself , a monk and two light bearers.

Other furnishings in the church include two silver chalices from the 14th century, two silver chalices from the early 18th century, three silver godparents from the 18th century, a pair of pewter candlesticks and a brass baptismal bowl from 1854. Left and right Old pictures of Jesus are hung on the triumphal arch.

Coordinates: 53 ° 37 ′ 24.8 "  N , 12 ° 45 ′ 49.2"  E


  • Georg Dehio : Handbook of the German art monuments. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. 2nd Edition. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin / Munich 2016, ISBN 978-3-422-03128-9 , p. 490.

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