Marienkirche (Gera)

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St. Mary's Church from the site of the Federal Garden Show 2007 seen from

The Marienkirche is a late Gothic church in the Untermhaus district of Gera .

The church is located at Mohr Square, the historical center of Untermhaus, at about the White Elster leading Untermhäuser bridge . Immediately next to the church is the Otto Dix House , where the painter Otto Dix was born in 1891 .


The church was built around 1440 and contains a valuable late Gothic altar that was donated by the Kudorf and Waltheym families. The chancel is said to have been built as early as 1193, making it one of the oldest church buildings in the region.

Until 1736 the Marienkirche belonged to the parish of Gera as a branch church. From 1802 to 1854 it also served as a garrison church for the Russian military. In 1882 it was extended to the west in order to take into account the rapidly growing population of Untermhaus, with two small towers in neo-Gothic style being added to the west facade. On this occasion, a legendary Pietà was removed from the church , which was popularly known as a doll or Poppe and is said to have come from the deserted Pottendorf near Ernsee .


The organ of the Marienkirche was built in 1894. According to an overview list by Hartmut Haupt from 1989, it is said to have been made by the organ building company Poppe & Sohn , while a brochure from 2008 attributes it to the company Gebr. Jehmlich . In any case, it was modernized by Jehmlich in 1930. The instrument has 27 registers on cone chest and a pneumatic key and key action .

The disposition of the organ is as follows.

I main work C – f 3
Principal 8th'
Drone 8th'
Principal 4 ′
Reed flute 4 ′
flute 4 ′
Fifth flute 2 23
Octave 2 ′
Sif flute 1'
3-fold mixture
Funnel shelf 8th'
II Oberwerk C – f 3
Dumped 16 ′
Quintatön 8th'
Dumped 8th'
Aeoline 8th'
Vox Coelestis 8th'
Principal 4 ′
Reed flute 4 ′
Forest flute 2 ′
third 1 35
Super-fifth 1 13
Cymbal triple
Pedal C – d 1
Violon bass 16 ′
Sub bass 16 ′
Dacked bass 16 ′
Principal bass 8th'
Octavbass 4 ′
Night horn 2 ′


  • Siegfried Mues, Klaus Brodale: City guide Gera. Gondrom Verlag, Bindlach 1995, ISBN 3-8112-0821-7 .

Web links

Commons : Marienkirche  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Complete list of organs in the Gera district. In: Hartmut Haupt : Organs in the Gera district. An overview of the organ landscape in East Thuringia. Council of the District of Gera, Dept. Culture, Gera 1989.
  2. Frauenkirchekantor Matthias Grünert from Dresden plays on 40 organs in Vogtland. The annual concert series since 2004. 11. – 15. September 2008. Program booklet. OrganArena 2008.
  3. Organ database, accessed on September 19, 2017

Coordinates: 50 ° 52 ′ 56.3 "  N , 12 ° 3 ′ 52.2"  E