|Canton :||Canton of St. Gallen (SG)|
|Political community :||Wartau|
|Postal code :||9479|
Gretschins church with linden, copper beech, rectory and Gauschla
Gretschins is a village in the political municipality of Wartau in the canton of St. Gallen . It is located at the foot of the hill of the Wartau castle ruins in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley in Switzerland .
In the center of the village is the Romanesque St. Martin's Church , built in 1493 , the oldest of the Wartau churches. Its specialty is a Gothic choir, a remnant of an earlier church on the same site.
In front of the church there is a mighty linden tree, the real landmark of the village. Tradition reports that the tree was planted on the grave of seven men with the first name Hans during the last time of the plague in the 17th century as a sign of the hope of resurrection . These "Hansen" all died on the same day from the Black Death .
- Hermann Seifert Member of the Government and Mayor of the Canton of St.Gallen, was pastor in Gretschins from 1863 to 1870
- Heinrich Lang (1826–1876), reform theologian, leading exponent of theological liberalism
- Hans Rudolf Tschudi (1641–1716), pastor at the time of the Wartau trade 1694/95
- Jakob Kuratli: History of the Church of Wartau-Gretschins , Werdenberger books series Volume 5, BuchsDruck and Verlag, Buchs SG 1984 (first edition 1950).
- Jakob Vetsch : The Secret of the Church of Gretschins. Symbolism in the old church building, shown at the St. Martin's Church in Wartau-Gretschins , Werdenberger books series Volume 10, BuchsDruck and Verlag, Buchs SG 1991.