New building puts church in the shade

A building project in the kriegenbrunn district of erlangen in the immediate vicinity of the st. John the baptist. The proportions of the new building do not really fit in with the medieval church building. In addition, the opinion of the landesdenkmalrat (regional council for the preservation of historical monuments) was not obtained for the construction at a sensitive location in the center of the village, critics complain.

On a site east of the church, bruckweiherstrabe 6, a residential stable house was built as a daylohnerhaus, presumably as a result of a division of the inheritance around 1750. The original two-zoned and two-rowed barn had to give way to a new building in 1910. The house is located directly on the road as it is often the case.

The plan is now to build a funffamilienwohnhaus with a high gable roof on the site. For this purpose the three-sided courtyard is to be demolished. In contrast to the current arrangement, the new residential building is no longer to be located on the street, but is to be built up against the church wall and thus also up against the church. This church is the only sacral building in the urban area of erlangen that can be called a village church.

The massive choir tower was probably built in the 14th. Century, the longhouse may be attributed to the 15th century. Belonging to the XVII century. More serious repairs were necessary, especially after the thirty years war, in addition to further tree removals in several centuries.

The three-story, square tower with a pointed, pyramid-shaped roof contains a small winged altar with a mother-anna self-thrust from around 1500 in the basement on a sandstone mensa. The choir stalls from the 16th century have also been preserved. Century. The longhouse is in line with the tower and is covered by a flat plank ceiling. The longhouse is lit by three narrow windows.

Paintings from the second half of the 15th century have been preserved on the longhouse walls. Several saints, a madonna in a radiant wreath and a crucifixion scene. An unadorned westempore completes the equipment. A part of the churchyard fortification has also been preserved.

The low proportions of the church tower are clearly overshadowed by the new building. Due to the cubature and the ridge height of the planned building, the visual and artistic appearance of the church will be strongly impaired.

Nevertheless, the city of erlangen went ahead with the building project without waiting for the opinion of the landesdenkmalrat (state council for the preservation of historical monuments), which is indispensable for a building project at such a sensitive location.