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The Alt-Rahlstedt church in the Wandsbek district is characterized by a lively community life. Wedding couples also regularly choose the church to tie the knot here. So it was important not only from a monument conservation point of view, but also for the community that extensive restoration work was carried out in 2008. The sacred building, which was built in place of a baptistery, was first mentioned in 1248. It is a single-aisle stone building made of granite. The irregular and badly patched masonry of the nave is one of the indications that the building has existed for many centuries. The square church tower rises up on the west side of the church. A part was built around 1780 in half-timbered construction, the rest in brickwork.
In the medieval granite building there are valuable pieces of equipment from the Middle Ages to the modern age: for example a wooden crucifix from the second half of the 15th century, a simple three-part altarpiece from 1695 with paintings and a brass chandelier from 1744. The wooden pulpit with carved evangelist figures, which was created around 1720, comes - like the crucifix - from the first Wandsbek church. Other features include a window with a Gothic brick profile near the pulpit, wooden figures of Peter and James from the middle of the 15th century and a bronze bell from 1494.
Due to the long history on which the Alt-Rahlstedter Church can look back, structural changes were inevitable. In the 18th century, for example, the priest's gate on the south side was enlarged, which was given a vestibule. Changes to the windows followed around 1870. The German Foundation for Monument Protection promoted measures to preserve the church tower.
March 3, 2019
The Alt-Rahlstedter Church is one of the oldest church buildings in northern Germany. Its oldest parts probably date from the late 12th century and today it is the result of various construction periods. It is a real gem and also contains valuable art history. The tower is 30 m high.
July 19, 2020
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