St. Markus (Ziepel)

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Saint Mark's Church - view from the southeast

Sankt Markus is the Protestant church in the village of Ziepel , which belongs to Möckern .

Architecture and history

The origins of the village church go back to the 13th century. The Leitzkau monastery temporarily acted as church patronage . The building made of rubble was badly damaged in 1636 during the Thirty Years War . Some parts of the old structure, such as the nave, the middle of a total of three Romanesque windows in the semicircular apse and the priest's door on the southern side of the choir, have been preserved. The same applies to the extension on the northern side of the choir, which was later only increased and probably housed the sacristy.

The reconstruction lasted until 1677, whereby the rubble of the old building was used. During this renovation, new roof trusses were put on, the medieval window openings were enlarged and the north extension was added. The original late Romanesque architectural style was retained during the reconstruction. In 1735 the square west tower was added; probably as a replacement for a lattice tower that used to be here. It was provided with an octagonal curly hood with an open lantern . At the beginning of the 20th century, the vestry room was supplemented by a west wall and a brick extension. In 2000 the masonry of the church was re-grouted, the church tower plastered and the roof covering replaced.

A coat of arms of the Münchhausen family is attached above the tower portal . Inside the church has a flat roof. On the west wall there is a gallery with an organ . Both date from the middle of the 19th century, as does the floor with colored tiles. The instrument, equipped with a romanized prospectus, dates from 1895 and is playable.

Other noteworthy inventory items are a Romanesque altar plate, an octagonal baptismal font from 1487, and an offering box dated 1627.


  • Georg Dehio : Saxony-Anhalt I - Magdeburg district . Edited by Ute Bednarz, Folkhard Cremer et al. In: Handbuch der deutschen Kunstdenkmäler . Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin / Munich 2002, ISBN 3-422-03069-7 , p. 1035 .
  • Dietmar Möschner (edit.): Churches in the Evangelical Church District Elbe-Fläming. Evang. Elbe-Fläming church district, Burg 2003, ISBN 3-9809011-0-6 .

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f Jochen Roessle: The Romanesque village churches of the Magdeburg country - investigations of a construction form of the 12th and 13th centuries . University and State Library, Bonn 2006, Ziepel, p. 428 ff . ( ( Memento from February 3, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) [PDF; 3.3 MB ; accessed on July 29, 2013] dissertation).

Coordinates: 52 ° 8 ′ 57.8 ″  N , 11 ° 52 ′ 18 ″  E