Despite the introduction of Baroque elements, it is still easy to recognise the Gothic substance:
the star-vaulted chancel dating back to the 14th century or the Late Gothic interior fittings such as a life-sized crucifix dating back to the 15th century. The wall frescos, which were restored in 1977, deserve particular attention. The north wall features an enormous image of St Christopher endeavouring to carry the increasingly heavy Christ Child over the water, according to legend. The carved choir stalls also deserve a closer look. Their mere existence here is hard to explain with the knowledge that we have.
Choir stalls are found in churches where a monastery is attached. Each choir member had their hereditary seat. However, it is not possible to talk about a monastery in Kirchgattendorf in about 1510. Or did the lords of Sparneck possibly anticipate that one might be built? Did the choir stalls come from a different institution? The rear sides of the choir stalls are decorated by colourfully toned shallow carvings. Between them, it is possible to see the chevron, the coat of arms of the lords of Sparneck. Kirchgattendorf has definitely lost some valuable items too.
A magnificent altar to the Virgin Mary dating back to about 1510, which was handed over in 1708, is now located in Bamberg Cathedral.
Office hours of the parish office: Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Admission is free.
Kulturweg der Vögte: Kirchgattendorf und Schloss Gattendorf (Objektflyer deutsch)
Gattendorf is not far from the A 93 motorway - exit Hof-Ost. From the courtyard, take Oelsnitzer Straße (St 2192). After 7 km you reach Gattendorf and turn left into the village. After about 400 m, follow the signs to Kirchgattendorf, first turning right, then left. After about 1 km you will reach your destination.
Some parking spaces are available below the Kirchberg.