Lapidarium St. Gertraud

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Panel discussion on the opening day
Gravestone for Mathias Alharte (1662–1684)

The St. Gertraud lapidarium is a lapidarium at and in the Sankt Gertraud church in the Salbke district of Magdeburg .


The collection of tombstones , monuments and architectural fragments was created between 2008 and 2011 as part of the renovation of the Sankt Gertraud Church. The opening of the lapidarium took place on July 3, 2011 in the presence of the Mayor of Magdeburg, Lutz Trümper . On this day, after a festive service in the church, there was a panel discussion with the architect, the art historian responsible for the exhibition and representatives of the church district and the Evangelical Church in Central Germany . Final completion was planned for around September 2011. The system comprises 322 individual items that were selected from around 500 proposed items between 2006 and 2010.


The exhibits are culturally or artistically valuable stone monuments that, for various reasons, were no longer in their previous location. The objects came from municipal depots, cemeteries and private properties. Many were salvaged from the rubble after the Second World War or are historical original parts that had to be replaced by copies after the renovation of the building at the original location. However, a few pieces already belonged to the Sankt-Gertraud-Kirche in the past and are therefore still at their previous location.

In detail, 145 architectural fragments, 141 tombstones, 22 epitaphs and memorial plaques , 6 parts of a bridge, 4 fountain parts and 4 boulders were collected . The more sensitive pieces are housed in the western part of the church and can be viewed during the opening hours of the church. Despite this use as a museum, the church continues to be used as a church for the Protestant parish of Salbkes.

30 special works are highlighted under the name Paths of Life . They refer to a remarkable person, a certain place or a special fate and are each closely related to the Magdeburg region.

Unique pieces

One of the most striking individual pieces is the allegorical depiction of the shipping, created by Emil Hundrieser around 1880 . The work was originally located on the Zollbrücke with further allegorical depictions of industry , agriculture and trade , the originals of which are also in the lapidary . It had to be removed there at the end of the 1990s. A copy was made in 2006/07. The restored original was installed in 2011 at the entrance to the Lapidarium from the main street Alt Salbke . The collection also includes several plinths decorated with friezes, which also come from the Zollbrücke. From the Anna-Ebert-Brücke , which is in the immediate vicinity of the Zollbrücke, a lion, created by Ernst Habs in the years 1880–1882 as a coat of arms holder for the Magdeburg coat of arms, has entered the lapidary.

In Lapidary is also originally on the Magdeburg Südfriedhof from located sandstone made grave stone of Konsistorialpräsidenten Bernhard Hofmann (1889-1954) and his wife Ilse Hofmann (1900-1984). Hofmann had initially belonged to the Stahlhelmbund , which later became part of the SA , but became a member of the Confessing Church, which was in opposition to the Nazi regime, during the National Socialist era . Other stone documents in the lapidarium also deal with the time of National Socialism. This also applies to the tombstone of Paul Hechler (1892–1984), the long-time pastor of the Buckau Saint-Gertrauden Church , who initially belonged to the German Christians who were close to the Nazi movement and who also became a member of the confessing church. The grave stones of Fritz Nimmich (1913–1944) on the one hand and Rolf and Elisabeth Tränkel on the other hand address the effects of the Second World War. Nimmich is mourned on his gravestone as a sergeant major and pilot in the 300 Night Fighter Wing. Herrenberg is given as the place of death . In fact, it was shot down on March 15, 1944 during a German air raid on London . Rolf Tränkel, who died at the age of 11, and his 34-year-old mother Elisabeth Tränkel were killed in the Allied air raid on Magdeburg on January 16, 1945. Both tombstones were originally in the New Sudenburg Cemetery and show the different sides of the war and put the destruction of Magdeburg and the victims there in the historical context.

The tombstone of Paul Michaelis (1887–1979), the last ferry master of the Fermersleben ferry, is of local historical interest . The same applies to the grave cross of the Magdeburg pioneer of the Protestant book trade in Germany, Ernst Holtermann, from the Magdeburg Westfriedhof .

On the south side of the lapidarium there is a coat of arms, which was originally located on the portal gable of the seat of the fortress governor, Domplatz 5. The building was destroyed during the Second World War in 1945. However, some fragments of the original building jewelry were recovered by the Magdeburg local researcher Werner Priegnitz . Other parts of the portal gable are the head of a coat of arms holder, a shoulder fragment of the left coat of arms holder and two lions franking the relief of the gable in the lapidary.

The pieces that originally belonged to the Sankt-Gertraud-Kirche are the baroque tombstone on the east side of the church for Sabina Dorothea Catharina Lutterod, who died in 1733 at the age of 20. She was the wife of Johann Andreas Lutterod, who was pastor of the church between 1732 and 1771 . At the foot of the stone, the skull and hourglass refer to transience. On the south side of the church there is a stone commemorative plaque from 1936 for the builders of the church Siegesmund and Hermann Schrader. Inside the church, to the left of the choir, is the figure group Birth of Jesus , which Heinrich Pohlmann probably created as an electroplating in the 1860s . The plastic made of copper is coated with plaster of paris. Also inside the church, on the north side, is a marble commemorative plaque from 1662, which contains a reference to a donation from Johann Söchting, who was pastor at the Sankt Gertraud Church from 1657 to 1696. In addition, 14 architectural fragments from the previous building of the Sankt Gertraud Church, including parts of the former altar, belong to the lapidarium. Particularly noticeable is the finial placed outside, which originally stood on the northeast branch of the church tower of Sankt-Gertraud-Kirche, but was not reinstalled there after the renovation.

Although a lapidarium actually only contains pieces worked by human hands, it was decided to include four erratic boulders in the collection as pieces worked by nature.

Web links

Lapidarium website


Coordinates: 52 ° 4 ′ 34.5 "  N , 11 ° 40 ′ 8.1"  E