St. Laurentius Church in Markranstädt
Late Gothic building with neo-Gothic features
The late Gothic hall church was built on the walls of a previous building from 1518 to 1525. The church tower is located outside the longitudinal axis of the building and was taken over by its Romanesque predecessor. The St. Laurentius Church was already being used during war times as a horse stable and also a military hospital. In 1871 the entire church received neo-Gothic features from the master builder Altendorff. In 1900, the church debuted its new appearance. Decorating the interior is an altar table made from Weißenfels sandstone, dating to the time of the Reformation. Also inside the church you will find a baroque lectern with a baptismal font. It was created around 1745 by Caspar Friedrich Löbelt. Between 1998 and 2008, both the church and the organ were completely renovated.
Richard Kreutzbach (1839 - 1903), son and co-worker of the company founder Urban Kreutzbach (1796 - 1868) built the organ with pneumatic action in 1886. With two manuals and pedal the organ originally had 23 stops. Playing aids: Pedal coupling of the 1st manual, manual coupling II - I, swell pedal, fixed combinations: Piano, Mezzoforte and Fortissimo stops. The 1925 and 1958-1963 reconstruction and arrangement changes were led by the company Mitteldeutscher Orgelbau A.Voigt GmbH Bad Liebenwerda in 2006. In association with this, the specification of the main organ was extended with the addition of a Trompete 8'.
Text: Klaus Gernhardt
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