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Augsburg: the church of St. Peter am Perlach

About the Church of St. Peter am Perlach in Augsburg:

One of the oldest churches in the city of Augsburg the Church of St. Peter am Perlach dates back at least to the 11th century.

A main point of interest is a painting by Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtnerthat that was created around 1700 and shows the Virgin Mary as the “Madonna of Knots” or “Knot Unsolver”  (many around the world call it “Mary Undoer of Knots) .

A copy of the painting is in San José del Talar a church in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Many from these countries deliberately come to Augsburg on their European tour to see the original and to pray in front of it.

 

The Church of St. Peter am Perlach has another special feature: a small terracotta figure of Jesus just inside the church.

 

Women and men from different professions and statuses in 1780 founded a citizens’ association, (“We from Sankt Peter”!) that has succeeded in preventing the church from being demolished after secularization, and even today the members of the citizens’ association are responsible for all matters relating to this church.

Finding the Church of St. Peter am Perlach in Augsburg:

The Perlachturm, or belltower (originally a watchtower) is in front of the church and dates from the 10th century, before the church was built. The church itself was built in the 1610s by Elias Holl, who also designed the nearby Town Hall.

Address:  Peutingerstrasse 16, 86152 Augsburg

email:  [email protected]

Click here for the official website of the Church of St. Peter am Perlach (in German).

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