The Gothic splendour of the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Schleswig is still as impressive as when first built (or maybe that should be rebuilt). Dating back to 1134 this giant of a Cathedral, but also needing reconstruction of the high nave after a collapse in 1276, but still a construction achievement.
In contrast to the interior, the exterior is rather austere. The sturdy walls from local red brick or mostly unadorned, the dramatic element being the tall Spires. The Cathedral has long been surrounded by the community it serves. Unlike many Cathedrals, that stand in grand isolation, best to show of their importance, Saint Peters of Schleswig, despite its size, seems to be hidden away….the only sign posts being those Spires..
Step inside and you suddenly become aware of the shear size of the Cathedral. Mosaic tiled pillars, richly carved Alter and Choir Stalls, dominant Wooden Pulpit, whilst various Ecclesiastical works of art adorn quiet corners. It is also,only once you are within the walls of Saint Peters, that the ‘spirituality’ of the Cathedral surrounds you.
Exterior utility style of construction, punctuated by large windows, gives way to the colourful craftsmanship of the interior….. a contrast that creates lasting memories of Schleswig Holstein. Germany and its majestic Cathedral
Wherever you are this Sunday…….
Please Remember to ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2021