Silent Sunday….. Gothic Style


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

14th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

A Lake and a Castle…………


Glucksburg Castle.

Home of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein for well over 400 years, Glucksburg Castle is Germanys largest ‘moated’ castles.   When it was built between 1582 & 1587, by Duke Johann the Younger, it was to become one of the most significant family seats in norther Europe.

Not a bad place to live, you can understand why it is still a family home.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

26th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…… Gothic Spectacular


The spectacular Gothic style interior of the Cathedral of St. Peter more popularly known as  the Schleswig Cathedral.  Built in 1134 it is the centre piece of Schleswig Holm, Germany

8th September

(C) David Oakes 2019


Lubeck…….an Ancient Hanseatic Port


The Mighty Gateway to Lubeck

The mighty gateway to Lubeck in Schleswig-Holstein has guarded one of the original Hanseatic ports and its city for many a century. It is a city of like many other medieval towns and cities dominated by church spires each trying to out do the other by there height…..but within the city walls it a cluster of narrow streets and high buildings and even narrower passageways called gangs.  Architecture is varied embracing styles from across Europe and beyond as travellers returned with the tales of distant shores.

( I am told the ‘Gangs’ or passageways were a means of creating more building space behind the main house frontages…many of the ‘Gangs’ being dedicated to a particular trade or skill.  Now just quiet hideaways for  colourful homes)

As is the custom in the region Brick is the building material of choice and  has been used for centuries.  (Clay being so readily available) But the creativity of the architect, brick maker and the bricklayers skill is evident by the many distinctive styles they have used in the constructions.

That ancient Gatehouse is one ornate example …


Whilst the old Salt Warehouses is  another…


The City of Lubeck is not just a port on the River Trave but is surrounded by a canal.  It was just a shame we had a rather dull drab day for the visit…still I hope these images convey a little of the character of this ancient City and Hanseatic Port…

As is often the way….when it came to moving on the sun came out as if it had never been away.  Travemunde here we come..


5th August

(C) David Oakes 2017

A Schloss …… or Two


Schloss Glucksburg 

It was early morning when we visited the first of the two Schloss  that were on our itinerary for the day…so early that castle wasn’t as yet open, meaning it was just a quick photo stop.  A shame as it has much history attached to it.  Built between 1582 and 1587 by the Duke Johann the Younger and is still a family residence, that of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein.

So it was off to our next stop…


Schloss Gottorf

Built on the foundations of a medieval moated castle, Gottorf became the Palace of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf.

Most of the building you can see today was built between the 15th and the early 18th century.  Much of the ornate frontage is down to the desires of Frederick III and his architects.


The front of Gottorf is enormous, towering above visitors, an imposing welcome. Yet this frontage hides its true size. For the castle is built around an inner courtyard, its height and mixed architectural size adding to the drama.

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Impressive as the exterior is you have to wait till you cross the threshold and enter the Palace Chapel which has to be a highlight of any visit….much of the décor is 15th century and in early Baroque style.  Carved wood and delicate painting create a unique place of worship….



Today Gottorf is Schleswig-Holstein State Museum and the largest in Northern Germany. The Gothic style rooms create a unique display for the treasures.  Not sure you can take them all in in one day it is just so large.  What created much interest for us were the many wood carvings.  Whilst we are not religious we have to admit that it was the ecclesiastical art, sculptures and carvings that were the most impressive…


The collection also houses the 23 meter long Nydam Boat….dated as being from AD.320 it predates similar Viking vessels by many centuries.  Discovered  lying deep in peat below Nydam Moor it was virtually intact…


So much to see and too little time…that was the problem and would only be solved by a return visit to Schloss Gottorf and its grounds…

1st August

(C) David Oakes 2017