Church of St. Peter and St. Paul/Pfarrkirche Sankt Peter und Paul, Auw

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Auw

When I read about the three mysterious figures on the church tower in Auw in the historical magazine “Zwischen Venn und Schneifel”, I already knew, there aren’t any figures on the tower at all. But as this was information from a historical source, I went back to check it up. And I was right, there was nothing on the tower. I went around the whole church, keeping my eyes glued on the tower. And there was still nothing.

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So, I went inside. And now, when I’m writing this, I think that this time I went through an entrance less used, or at least, this wasn’t the entrance that I used the previous time. I also compared the pictures that I have taken on the two visits and they don’t entirely match.

So, I went inside through one of the apparently two entrances of the temple. And maybe my intuition, or my intention (because you know, you always get what you are searching very intentionally for) made me look in the direction of one high window, where some wood or plywood board stood leaned. I got nearer and peaked over the board, and here they were –

Pfarrkirche Sankt Peter und Paul, Auw (3)the three mysterious figures of Auw. (photographed with the camera lifted up in my stretched hand so that I can reach them somehow without seeing what I am capturing) I have to admit, that I’ve read this piece of information about them in the magazine quite a while ago and I don’t have this very interesting information source at my disposal any more. But I can remember, that they were only mentioned in not more than one or two sentences in one article. I also can remember that there is a mystery about their origin and meaning. But at least I found them, and that was the most important thing. Because with time I found out that discovering and exploring hidden things is my passion, something that sets on all my abilities in motion and nourishes my soul.

Why these figures stand here – half-concealed and half-exposed, I am not able to say. As I also didn’t find any information on the church, except for the following: it was built in 1530, but the tower, where the figures originally stood, dates from 1006.

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This is apparently the view from the new part of the construction.

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The high altar from 1648.

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The side altars from 1658.

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Numerous keystones in the older part of the church.

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The interesting grip of the church door, reminding of the new addition to the church from the middle of the 20th century, when the local people donated livestock for the construction. I have pictures of many other interesting church door grips that I have to publish one day.

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