|What the Old Faithful is to the Americans the Old Beauty is to the Freiburgers. You may have guessed. I am referring to the steeple of our Minster church sometimes falsely called the most beautiful steeple of Christendom. |
In 1869 in a eulogy the well-known art historian Jakob Burckhardt rather wrote, "And the Freiburg steeple will probably remain the most beautiful one on earth." Indeed, finished in 1383 the filigree structure of the pyramid sometimes is referred to as a spiritual stonework.
L’age oblige. The steeple had to be restored on several occasions; the two recent major reconstruction works took place from 1913 to 1920 (left) and in the 1960ies (right). Both photos ©Münsterbauverein(MBV).
|One early morning in 2005 near the main entrance to the Minster church (©MBV)|
|More than a decade of scaffolding (©MBV)|
|A look into the spire (©MBV)|
|Photo of the "scaffold-free" Minster church taken with my iPhone |
during the reception for the students of the AYF 2018/19.