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St Nicholas’s Town Church in Schmölln

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  • Stadtmauer mit Blick auf die Nikolaikirche Schmölln
    / Stadtmauer mit Blick auf die Nikolaikirche Schmölln
    Photo: Chr. Fasbender / Archiv TVV
References to St Nicholas’s main church were already found in 1238, but it was newly constructed between 1466 and 1499. 
A Kalands Brethren organisation, an interest-based network of regional priests, had been working here since 1403. Its formation did not help prevent conflicts with the Dominican convent in Cronschwitz near Weida, which had owned the patronage rights since 1296. The disputes mainly involved charges that the priest had to pay to the convent, but which were often delayed or did not arrive at all. Things came to a head in 1480. The priest had discovered a small chapel outside the town as an additional source of income; he donated indulgences there with the permission of the bishop, but without the monastery knowing about this through “his great greed” and this meant a reduction in the nuns’ income at St Mary’s Chapel on Pfefferberg Hill. The wind and rain have left their mark on the pinnacle, which looks like an ornamental tower – and on the eroded gates. The modern church tower is an annoyance in architectural terms, but only partially impairs the view of the somewhat enchanted building.

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Church service is every Sunday about 9:30-12:00 Uhr.


Admission is free. We kindly ask for donations for the further receipt.

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50.895492, 12.354062
50°53'43.8"N 12°21'14.6"E
33U 313932 5641538
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St Nicholas’s Town Church in Schmölln

Kirchplatz 07
04626 Schmölln
Phone 034491 82105 Fax 034491 586260

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