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St. Jodok, Landshut

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  • This historic parish church is in a quiet location away from the spectacular Altstadt and Neustadt streets. Nearby St Martin with its world rcord high tower takes prcedence for visitors but St Jodok.....  more
    This historic parish church is in a quiet location away from the spectacular Altstadt and Neustadt streets. Nearby St Martin with its world rcord high tower takes prcedence for visitors but St Jodok.....  more »
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  • The construction of this church was commissioned by Prince Henry XIV in 1338. It occupied a central place in the Freyung district that was just being marked out and under construction. The temple was raised to the rank of a parish in 1369, and the construction itself continued for many years. In the meantime, around 1403, part of the church was consumed by fire. The northern wall of the nave collapsed in the fire. Works related to its reconstruction and reconstruction lasted until the end of the thirties of the 15th century. At that time, the aisles were extended and the temple was enclosed with numerous chapels funded by wealthy and significant families and craft guilds. Sometime between 1470 and 1480, the nave was vaulted and the church tower was probably completed. The beginning of the 17th century brought renovations, reconstructions and changes, which were canceled in the 19th century, when neo-Gothic style prevailed. Today we stand in front of the second largest church building in Landshut. The mighty church tower rises to a height of about 80 meters. The temple is 69 meters long and 31 meters wide. The height of the main nave exceeds 18 meters. In a word, we are dealing with a brick three-nave pillar basilica closed with a crystal vault and surrounded by numerous chapels. The equipment of the church consists mainly of nineteenth-century, neo-Gothic stained glass windows, altars and sculptures. There are also examples of contemporary sacred art. Remains of seventeenth-century frescoes have been preserved here and there. The most valuable artifacts decorating the interior of St. Jodoka, there is a sculpture of the Madonna and Child made around 1490. The great value of the church are numerous epitaphs from different eras embedded in the external and internal walls of the temple. It is a memento of the surrounding cemetery, which was closed down in 1806. The lofty, soaring body of the church gives the impression of being somewhat forgotten. The square in front of it is overgrown with grass, but it is still worth deviating from the beaten and established route of visiting princely Landshut.

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