Sankt Petri Kyrka Church is Malmo’s first church and also the city’s oldest brick structure. It was originally Malmo’s sole church in the parish. St. Peter’s Church is first built on the site of an older church between 1319 and 1380. The church constructs with red brick and has Brick Gothic architecture. The tower that was originally built fell down in 1420, so it was rebuilt. Between 1442 and 1890, the tower was remodremodeledelled. The tower, which stands 98 meters (322 feet) tall, seems to be impressive. Five chapels builts between the 16th and 15th centuries. Three of these side chapels are still in use today.
The chapel to the west of the entrance to the present main building knowns as the merchant’s chapel. It dates back to the 15th century. It constructs by the Malmo merchants and used by them for religious gatherings. In the time of the Catholics, the chapel featured an altar with a dedication to Mary as well as a separate chapel that separated it from the church.
Because the Reformation and the subsequent restoration, all ceiling murals of the church covers with white paint. In the early twenty-first century, the ceiling paintings in the chapel of merchant exposes and belong to the oldest preserved ceiling murals from the latter part of the Middle Ages. The retable of The church has the biggest wooden retable found in Northern Europe. It constructs between 1608 and 1611 with the guidance of German-born artist Hendrich Konnicke, along with a number of local sculptors who were famous in their region.
The pulpit’s great design was unveiled in 1599, after two years of hard work by the artist Daniel Stenhugger. The distinctively black stones also came from the quarry located in Fogelsang which is located northeast of Lund. The costs of the pulpit were paid in a donation to the town of Malmo by the mayor of the council Engelbret Fris. The church has numerous epitaph boards that are evidence of wealthy merchants and their graves in the church. The majority of the panel date from the period of the 17th century. The stone epitaphs are the only ones still in use, as a result of the restoration of the late 19th century all wood things, even the old epitaphs of wooden construction were destroyed.
Additionally, there are numerous gravestones from between the 17th and 18th centuries within the church. In the late 19th century, the whole floor of the church covers with grave slabs dating from earlier in the Middle Ages and the gravestones. They serve as a reminder of the town of Malmo’s former prosperity. Some treasures used are kept in the sacristy. It includes an extensive collection of books known as the Dringenbergska Liberiet. The library originates from the 1600s and remains in the possession of the S:t Petri kyrka from the time of their creation.
In the regions in Northern Europe, stone is not using for the construction of buildings built in the Gothic style. It substitutes for brick. A good instance find in St. Peter’s Church in Malmo. It models on St. Mary’s Church in Lubeck in Germany which’s Gothic reconstruction started a little earlier, in 1266. Because of the use of brick, sculptured ornamentation of the exterior isn’t as feasible as in stone cathedrals. The stone sculptures in Malmo incorporates into the west side of the facade, overhanging the porch, and the structure decorates with a couple of sets of bricks. To break up the monotony of row after row of red bricks, and to highlight specific architectural features. The bricks colored black or artistically, particularly to emphasize the roofing’s base.
The decorative elements readily found in churches date. From the early Renaissance and the Baroque periods, so erectes after the Reformation became implemented. Most notable is the massive altarpiece. It completes in 1611 and consideres one of the largest altarpieces in Northern Europe. It surrounds by painted wooden sculptures. From bottom to top: The Last Supper (painted), surrounded by two sculptures of Moses to the left, Saint John The Baptist to the right, and two reliefs to the side that depicts the fallen on the left and the revelation to shepherds on the middle.
The ascension paints with the four evangelists depicted in carved as well as painted wood. The final painting features the word “Yahve” painted on a sky. It protects the statues of Paul and Peter, two saints that the church previously dedicated. Then, on top of the altarpiece, is a painted wooden figure of Christ. The project oversees by Henrik Konnicke and his collaborators Otto Statius and Jacob Kremberg, and the artworks become created by Peiter Hartman.
Everyone has a past that they can relate to. Similar to the 700-year-old house and I as an individual must strike the balance that allows me to live in the past and live in the present. If I only live in the past then I am the museum. And if I dwell only in the emotions and needs of the moment, I disappear into a void. Faith is then my own and I could myself become a place where encounters with God could occur.
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Sankt Petri Kyrka
The Sankt Petri Kyrka Church was the first church in Malmo and the city’s oldest brick structure. Malmo’s original parish church.