Parish Church of St. Stephen/St. Stephanus Pfarrkirche, Bütgenbach

Parish Church of St. Stephen, Bütgenbach

There is one particular thing I want to show you in the Parish Church of St. Stephen in Bütgenbach too, but let’s begin with the historical data first.

The new Church of St. Stephen is a ‘contemporary’ New-Romanesque building from 1931, which replaced the old Gothic temple of the settlement from the 12th century.

St. Stephanus Pfarrkirche, Buetgenbach (3)

The four corners of the bell tower point to the four cardinal directions.

St. Stephanus Pfarrkirche, Buetgenbach

St. Stephanus Pfarrkirche, Buetgenbach (2)

St. Stephanus Pfarrkirche, Buetgenbach (5)

St. Stephanus Pfarrkirche, Buetgenbach (6)

It has a beautifully ornate interior in the Moorish style, absolutely not typical for the local architecture.

St. Stephanus Pfarrkirche, Buetgenbach (4)

And this is what I wanted to show you here – Sedes sapientiae or “Seat of Wisdom” – statue of a smiling Madonna from the 14th century. It is not a unique one, as I thought, because it is rather typical for the Cologne workshops from that time. Yet it is noteworthy just as the whole church itself.

Two 16th-century tombstones of lords of the settlements in a side room where pieces from the old temple are kept.

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