From the first construction phase of the Church of St. Mary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the 14th century only the Romanesque tower has been preserved. The nave of St. Mary's was rebuilt in 1736 instead of the now dilapidated church in baroque style. The existing stone material was reused in the new building, the old stones settle in color and material clearly on the base of the building. The original, Romanesque tent roof of the old bell tower had already been replaced at an earlier date by a high slated spire. In a heavy bombing in 1943 burned out the church building and its equipment. The bells had melted, the pointed helmet of the tower was destroyed. Thanks to the active commitment of the citizens of Grasdorf, the church building was refurbished during the post-war years and equipped accordingly.
Interesting also the history of the foundation:
Foundation founder Walter Battermann himself describes the motivation for founding the foundation as follows:
"In 1943, bombs destroyed the Grasdorf church and numerous homes, including our six-member family. My father was reported missing in 1944, and it was not until 1955, when my father was declared dead, that my mother got the civil service pension. Until then, we lived in poor conditions of care. Hope and anxiety in these years determined the life of our family. I erected this foundation in memory of my mother. Her Christian faith gave her support and confidence. Their stronghold was St. Mary's Church at Grasdorf, which I would like to contribute to preserving it. "
March 11, 2018
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