Sankt Gertraud Church (Magdeburg)

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West view
South view

The Sankt-Gertraud-Kirche is the Protestant church of the Salbke district , which has belonged to Magdeburg since 1910 . It belongs to the parish of Magdeburg-Südost .

Architecture and history

The first Salbker church was consecrated on March 17, 1018 by Bishop Thietmar von Merseburg . The foundation was through the cleric Berner , a confidante of Emperor Otto III. , he follows. March 17th was the day of remembrance of Berner's father and also the day of Saint Gertrude . In the 12th century, the Monastery of Our Dear Women claimed patronage over the Salbker Church. At first the monastery could not assert itself due to the fact that the church was founded by lay people . Alverich von Mehringen then voluntarily ceded his rights to the monastery. An objection against this made by his brother Baderich von Jabilinze was settled at a prince's day in 1142 in Magdeburg. In an arson Salbkes by troops of Otto IV. , The church was damaged. The Schmalkaldic War also caused damage in turn. The church then expanded.

We have received an instruction to the Salbker parish in 1563 to build a small room and a pigsty for the pastor and to repair the roof of the rectory.

The church was damaged again in the Thirty Years War . Since the anointers were no longer able to feed their pastor, he left the parish. The Westerhüser pastor Johann Sagittarius took care of the Salbker parish at times. A little later, however, the pastoral position in Westerhüsen was also vacant. In 1647, the newly appointed pastor Martin Friedrich Curio also took over the Salbker congregation in Westerhüsen . A visitation report from 1650 states that the parish has been vacant for 20 years due to a lack of inhabitants. With Andreas Dodeling , the parish received its own pastor again in 1650. In addition to the pastors from Westerhüsen and Sohlen , he also held the service in the Buckau Church , which was rebuilt in 1636 . In addition, the residents of the northern village of Fermersleben attended the service in Salbke. Dodeling had tried to assign Fermersleben to Salbke instead of Buckau from the abbot of Berge Monastery . After Dodeling's death in 1655, his successor, Sommer , campaigned to keep Fermersleber in Salbke. However, the preacher of the monastery, Johann Zimmermann , tried to be responsible for Fermersleben. The Fermersleber ultimately decided in favor of Buckau.

Salbke's church records, which are still preserved today, begin in 1696. In the years from 1729 to 1733 the church was expanded again.

From 1771 to 1808 the theologian, educator and writer Friedrich Ernst Vorberg was pastor at the Salbker Church.

Picture of the previous building
East side of the St. Gertraud Church, around 1900
Santa Barbara Bell

In 1826 there was another large fire in Salbke, which again affected the church. After an accident involving the pastor of Buckau and Fermersleben, the Salbker pastor was also active in the Buckau and Fermersleber Church in 1828/29, alongside other colleagues .

Today's church was built in the years 1866/67, according to other information in 1865 and 1865/66 by the local master craftsmen Siegismund and Hermann Schrader on a walled hill instead of or next to the Romanesque church, demolished in 1865, in the neo-Gothic style. The management was incumbent on the royal builder Braun . Architecturally, the building is based on the model church designs by Friedrich August Stülers . It was probably during this time that St. Gertrud became St. Gertraud. The residents of the Kreuzhorst on the opposite side of the Elbe were also parishioners in the Salbker Church . From 1837 to 1877 the pedagogue and theologian Franz Heyne was pastor in Salbke. He was followed from 1878 to 1899 by the theologian Maximilian Besser .

The building ensemble consists of a brick hall building to which a somewhat narrower apse with adjoining rooms is added in the east and a square tower with four narrow pinnacle towers and a pointed dome in the west. The tower rises above the central portal to the nave. The vestibule with its three pointed gables facing west is striking , for which the St. Bartholomew's Church in Berlin, created by Stüler, was probably exemplary. The roofs of the church are slated. The walls of the nave have flat buttresses . In the long windows, which occupy almost the entire height of the side walls, there is cast iron tracery .

The interior of the still classicist nave is closed off by the open roof truss, lined with wood, decorated with hanging wooden ornaments based on Gothic style. A gallery is attached to the west wall . The chancel is separated by a bricked, ogival triumphal arch and is equipped with colored glass windows. The glass works depict the birth of Jesus, the feeding of the five thousand, the Sermon on the Mount and the crucifixion and are based on a design by W. Ritterbach . They were executed by the Ferdinand Müller glass painting company from Quedlinburg and were created in the 1920s or 1930s. The exact time of creation is unknown, but photographs from around 1920 show other church windows. They had been dismantled during the Second World War and safely stored so that they could be used again undamaged after the war. In 2011 the windows were revised by the glass designer Günter Grohs and supplemented with a modern design. The pews have been preserved from the time the church was built. In the east end there is a star rib vault , which rests on so-called round services . On the west side of the nave there is a wooden horseshoe gallery.

The organ prospect, which is also based on the Gothic, dates from 1866, but was simplified in the 1950s. The oldest part of the church is, however, the St. Barbara Bell , a 22 Zentner heavy bronze bell from 1456. It is also the second oldest bell Magdeburg. The chalice-shaped baptism made of sandstone was created around 1700. A neo-Gothic baptism is also designed in chalice form.

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Hersel and Pohlmann

A stone sculpture depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds, created by J. Hersel and Heinrich Pohlmann , dates from the second half of the 19th century .

On September 3, 1899 August Donndorf was introduced as pastor. During his term of office, which lasted until 1913, the parish barn was converted into a parish hall.

From July 1918 the Salbker pastor Martin Trinius took over the leadership of the parish of St. Stephanus in Westerhüsen for the Westerhüser pastor Wangemann , who was drafted for military service . From 1926 to 1935 the theologian Adolf Strewe Salbker was pastor. The interior of the church was redesigned from 1928 to 1932 with expressive colors.

At the beginning of May 1931, the funeral service for the victims of the explosion at Fahlberg-List on April 28, 1931 took place in the church . Pastor Strewe held the funeral service. The pastors of the neighboring parishes of Westerhüsen and Fermersleben , probably Albert Hosenthien and Otto Siebert , also expressed their condolences to the parish. Another well-known pastor in Salbke was the later Consistorial President Martin Kramer , who served from 1964 to 1974 .

In 1956 the church was renovated. The walls have now been painted white again. In 1992 the facade and roof of the tower were renovated. In 1995, together with the Martin-Gallus-Gemeinde Fermersleben , the Sankt-Stephanus-Gemeinde Westerhüsen and the Sankt-Gertrauden-Gemeinde Buckau, a community association was founded, the administrative seat of which was established in Buckau. Pastor Wolter , who had been active in Salbke until then, was appointed pastor for all four parishes. On January 1, 1999, the four parishes were formed into a parish. The preliminary deliberations on this had existed since 1996. The four municipalities had 1,047 members in 2003, 1,274 in 2008 and 1,254 in 2010. This corresponds to a share in the population of the four districts of around 8.3%.

Redesigned church windows in 2011
Baroque tombstone for Sabine Dorothea Catharina Lutterod , 1733
Memorial stone for the builders Siegismund and Hermann Schrader

Serious structural damage occurred at the beginning of the 21st century, especially on the roof of the nave. From 2008 to 2011, under the direction of the architects Dr. Ribbert Saalmann a renovation of the church. In this context, the installation of the glass window in the choir, which was revised by glass designer Günter Grohs, took place. Before that, there had been an intense public discussion about whether the existing glass windows should be replaced with completely new ones or just a revision and addition. The municipality decided on the latter option. In the course of the renovation, the colored design of the 1920s / 1930s was returned, the original design of which could be traced from building findings.

The reopening of the church and the lapidary, which was set up at the same time, took place on July 3, 2011 with a festive service. The organ consecration took place at the same time. A church café followed with a panel discussion led by Pastor Simon, in which the architect, the art historians responsible for the lapidarium, as well as representatives of the church district and the Evangelical Church in Central Germany took part. An organ concert with Barry Jordan followed .

On March 16, 2014, Pastor Matthias Simon bid farewell with a festive service in the fully occupied Sankt Gertraud Church. Simon's term of office ended on March 31, 2014. He went to the Haldensleber Sankt-Marien-Kirche . His successor was Gesine Rabenstein, the first female pastor in the community.


In the vicinity of the church there were originally various historical gravestones, including a baroque inscription gravestone from 1733 for Sabine Dorothea Catharina Lutterod , who died at the age of 20, that has been preserved on the east side of the church . She was the wife of pastor Johann Andreas Lutterod, who had been working at the church since 1732 . On the outside wall of the church, a memorial stone from 1936 commemorates the builders of today's church Siegismund and Hermann Schrader .

From 2008 to 2011, however, the St. Gertraud's Lapidarium was also built , so that there are many historical gravestones, stone monuments and components of various origins in and around the church. The inauguration of the lapidarium took place on July 3, 2011 in the presence of Magdeburg's Lord Mayor Lutz Trümper . Final completion was scheduled for September 2011.


A little south of the church is the rectory ( Greifenhagener Strasse No. 3 ) , which is also a listed building , with a complete ensemble of buildings consisting of a rectory, parish hall and farm buildings from the end of the 18th / beginning of the 19th century. The simple classicist two-storey rectory is covered by a hipped roof. Part of the construction was carried out using rubble stones . The former parish barn was converted into a parish hall in neo-Gothic style, rests on a quarry stone plinth and has ogival windows. Other buildings have windows with segmental arches or round arches . The historic Salbke pigeon tower is located in the inner courtyard of the rectory .


Pastors at the Salbker Church were:

  • Conrad Frankeberrh
  • 1562–1576 Andreas Wiltmann (1538–?)
  • 1576–1583 Johann Stephanus
  • from 1604 Caspar Seidel
  • 1616–1619 Johann Lindholz
  • from 1626 Johann Sagittarius , according to other sources from 1621 to 1637
  • 1647–1650 Martin Friedrich Curio , pastor of the Westerhüser Sankt-Stephanus-Kirche , acting as a substitute
  • 1650–1655 Andreas Dodeling
  • 1655–1657 M. Johann Christoph Sommer , other details mention Christian Sommer as the name
  • 1657–1696 Johann Söchting
  • 1696–1700 Johann Breutiger , also Breitiger or Breytiger
  • 1700–1701 Joachim Christoph Budeus (1675–1701), also Budaeus
  • 1701–1732 Johann Friedrich Jaegar (1676–1732)
  • 1732–1771 Johann Andreas Lutterodt (1699–1771)
  • 1771–1808 Friedrich Ernst Vorberg (1733 to 1808)
  • 1809–1837 Johann Andreas Christoph Wahrenberg (1766–1837), the grave was located near the sacristy.
  • 1838–1878 Franz Heyne (1812–1886)
  • 1878–1899 Max Besser (1844–1900)
  • 1899–1912 August Rudolf Friedrich Donndorf (1854–?)
  • 1913–1925 Bernhard Martin Trinius (1864–1925)
  • 1926–1935 Adolf Strewe (1891–1963)
  • 1936–1950 Oskar Wilhelm Graichen (1889–?)
  • 1950–1963 Hans Treichel
  • 1964–1974 Martin Kramer (* 1933)
  • 1974–1987 Günter Walter Hans Lemke
  • 1988–2002 Thomas Wolter
  • 2003–2014 Matthias Simon
  • since 2014 Gesine Rabenstein


  • Folkhard Cremer, Dehio, Handbook of German Art Monuments , Saxony-Anhalt I, Magdeburg District , Deutscher Kunstverlag , Munich / Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-422-03069-7 , p. 613.
  • Annette Dorgerloh , Friedhelm Ribbert: The Church of St. Gertraud. In: Lapidarium St. Gertraud. 2011, ISBN 978-3-00-035134-1 , pp. 10-11.
  • Kathrin Jäger: Magdeburg - Architektur und Städtebau , Verlag Janos Stekovics , Halle an der Saale 2001, ISBN 3-929330-33-4 , p. 291.
  • Hans-Joachim Krenzke: Churches and monasteries in Magdeburg , State Capital Magdeburg 2000, p. 138. ( PDF )
  • Monument Directory Saxony-Anhalt, Volume 14, State Capital Magdeburg , State Office for Monument Preservation and Archeology Saxony-Anhalt, Michael Imhof Verlag, Petersberg 2009, ISBN 978-3-86568-531-5 , pp. 54–55 and 224.
  • Church of St. Gertraud in the Evangelical Parish Magdeburg Südost , leaflet of the parish .
  • Lapidarium St. Gertraud , leaflet of the state capital Magdeburg.

Web links

Commons : Sankt-Gertraud-Kirche  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ CA Schmidt, Chronik der Stadt Buckau , 1887, p. 29.
  2. ^ CA Schmidt, Chronik der Stadt Buckau , 1887, p. 83.
  3. ^ CA Schmidt, Chronik der Stadt Buckau , 1887, p. 94.
  4. Cremer, Dehio, p. 613.
  5. ↑ List of monuments, Magdeburg, p. 54.
  6. a b Krenzke, Kirchen und Klöster, p. 138.
  7. Jäger, Architektur und Städtebau, p. 283.
  8. Annette Dorgerloh , Friedhelm Ribbert: The Church of St. Gertraud. In: Lapidarium St. Gertraud. 2011, ISBN 978-3-00-035134-1 , p. 10.
  9. Jens-Uwe Jahns, For Salbke it is a question of faith: Preserving the old or daring the new in Magdeburger Volksstimme of September 22, 2010.
  10. ^ Friedrich Großhennig, Ortschronik von Westerhüsen in the Magdeburg-SO district , manuscript in the Magdeburg City Archives, call number 80 / 1035n, p. 14.
  11. a b c Directory of the preachers in Salbke , Church book of Salbke.
  12. Westerhüsen in World War I in From the local history of Magdeburg-Westerhüsen , August 1942.
  13. ^ Day of Mourning in Southeast in Magdeburger General-Anzeiger from May 3, 1931.
  14. community letter evangelical church game magdeburg-südost 2/2011, p. 17.
  15. ^ Program for the reopening of St. Gertraud, Salbke .
  16. Information board in the church, as of 2011.
  17. ^ CA Schmidt, Chronik der Stadt Buckau , 1887, p. 29.
  18. ^ Directory of the preachers in Salbke , Church book Salbke; According to the information on the church information board: 1702–1732.
  19. ^ According to the information on the church information board: 1963–1974.

Coordinates: 52 ° 4 ′ 34.9 "  N , 11 ° 40 ′ 9.2"  E