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The Monk's Church was built around 1250 on the last open plot of Salzwedel old town, on the border to the new town, as a monastery church of the Franciscan order founded in 1210. A first documentary mention of the Franciscan monastery in Salzwedel dates from 1261. It belonged to the Saxon province (Saxonia) of the Order. 1345 were the cultivation of a vaulted choir and a aisle on the south side. Main and aisle were vaulted. From 1435 to 1500, the choir, main nave and aisle were extended and a hall flier was installed.After the Reformation, the monastery fell to the city Salzwedel. The last Franciscan living there died in 1552. The cloister, which was immediately north of the church, was henceforth used as a Latin school. The church itself was transformed into a Protestant church between 1575 and 1581. In 1582, an altar created in the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Younger was erected in the Mönchskirche. It represents the parable of the workers in the vineyard from the Gospel of Matthew. Another altar from the wildly fallen village of Bukau during the Thirty Years' War was also set up in the Monk's Church.In the 19th century, the Salzwedel Gymnasium was in the former retreat, since 1895 the town hall. Until 1920, the Mönchskirche was Garnisonkirche. The Bukov altar was erected in 1947 in the Salzwedel St. Catherine's Church. Until 1964, church services were held in the church. After that the church stood empty and fell into decay. A late Gothic door framing, bronze chandeliers and numerous organ pipes were stolen. The Cranach Altar was restored and handed over to the Johann Friedrich Danneil Museum in Salzwedel in 1968. From 1984 to 1986, the Mönchskirche was rebuilt into a concert hall; The pulpit from 1581 was also removed. The occasion was the 21st Workers' Festival of the GDR, which took place in 1986 in the district of Magdeburg and thus also in Salzwedel. The organ was re-opened in 2009.Source:
July 4, 2018
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