Luther Church (Plauen)
The Evangelical Luther Church in Plauen / Vogtland was built between 1693 and 1722 and is one of the oldest baroque central churches in the Free State of Saxony. It received its current name in the Luther year 1883 . Inside the church there is a winged altar from the 15th century and a Gothic choir room.
The Luther Church is the second oldest church in Plauen. Its foundation stone was laid on August 24, 1693. It is nicknamed Bartholomäuskirche , because August 24th is the anniversary of the death of the Apostle Bartholomäus . It took 29 years for the church to be consecrated on December 10th, 1722. For a long time it was Plauen's cemetery church. Right next to it was the cemetery (Gottesacker), which was laid out in 1548, which was expanded in 1679 and secularized in 1899 after a new cemetery was built.
Initially it was only used to hold funeral sermons and legacy sermons that recur regularly every year. In 1813, after the Battle of Leipzig, it was used as a hospital. In 1834 there was an organ consecration for the "Herold baker ... on April 15, 1832 1,000 thalers alloyed , his widow happily added the missing 350 thalers." Catholics in Plauen as a place for their worship. In 1877/78 the church was renovated and a new bell was procured.
It received its current name on the 400th anniversary of the birth of the reformer in 1883 (previously Gottesackerkirche ). With the founding of the Luther parish , through the parochial division on April 3, 1893, it became the parish church of the Luther parish in Plauen. Another structural renovation took place in 1900, during which the church also received a new, “more dignified” bell. The late Gothic winged altar, which was created around 1495 (expanded in the late Renaissance) by an Erfurt master, is remarkable. It was originally located in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig and came as a gift from the Leipzig city council to the church consecration in 1722 in Plauen.
In the years 2008 to 2010 the interior of the church was renovated; The church tower, which was in danger of collapsing, was also completely renovated. The work was completed in December 2010 with three new bells from the Grassmayr bell foundry in Innsbruck, most of which were financed by donations.
The church was best known during the time of political change in 1989. Hundreds of candles were set up on a side portal, directly opposite the town hall, calling for peaceful protest. The stains of wax are still visible on the steps of the side entrance, which has been called the Candle Portal since then. A memorial plaque was placed there on the tenth anniversary of the demonstrations.
Andreas Gräßer has been a pastor since September 2005.
The church houses an organ made by the Dresden company Jehmlich . The previous organ came from the Leipzig master organ builder Johann Gottlob Mende; the case of the instrument built in 1834 was used in the new construction. The pneumatic cone store instrument was built in 1926 and has 29 stops on three manuals and a pedal. In 1979 the organ was changed in terms of sound and technology. Today's disposition is as follows:
- Normal coupling: II / I, III / I, III / II, I / P, II / P, III / P
- Sub-octave coupling: II / I, III / I
- Super octave coupling: III / II, III / III
- Playing aids : 3 free combinations, general coupling, pressure register off, coupling off