Photographer's Note

Here I show you the small church of the small village Sonneborn, situated in the very northeast of the federal state North rhine-Westphalia. At the first glance it seems to be a common rural church but it's a very special and important church ...

This little village first was mentioned in 1381 when count Heinrich V of Sternberg donated this church to the three homesteads there - with the obligation to hold memory church services for the count and his ancestors.

In the 16th century the then count Bernhard VIII of Sternberg commissioned to paint in the whole church with ornaments and biblical scenes. The name of the painter is unknown.

During the refomation the then count converted to the new faith and following to the words "Cuius regio, eius religio" the subjects also had to convert. In the year 1606 the count ordered to plaster "the paintings of the old faith" in all churches but he misjudged his subjects - especially those of Sonneborn.
When the plastering began, the countrymen here chased the workers away - with pitchforks and flails. This "rebellion" is documented. Thus the little church of Sonneborn today offers the best preserved renaissance paintings in a church throughout northern Germany. In the workshop you can see one of the paintings.

Tomorrow I'll show you the whole interior of this amazing church.

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Additional Photos by Frank Kaiser (Buin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
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