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May 25: Bamberg – Karmelitenkirche

Right down the road from the Obere Pfarre is the Karmelitenkirche, part of the Karmelitenkloster (Carmelite Monastery). The site's monastic history started around the 11th century and the church was baroquified at the turn of the 18th century.

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Here's the front of the Kirche plus a wing of the monastery at left. The cloister is beyond the volume connecting them.

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Since the street slices across the diagonal in front of the church, the front plaza is an intense wedge.

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A closer view of the east façade.

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A first look into the nave through the vestibule doors.

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The altar's grandeur is similar to that of the Obere Pfarre.

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The organ lurks above, silently blinging.

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The pulpit looks rather like three or four pulpits glommed together.

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Curlicue pews.

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The vault is simple and elegant and slightly worrying due to those visible plaster cracks.

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These swoopy windows above the apse appear to look into another interior space, unusually.

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This warm glow nicely offset the coolth of the daylight in the main space.

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The vestibule structure is presumably of recent vintage and is pleasantly simple.

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Now looking onward past the north wall of the Kirche, the street dipping down the west side of Kaulberg.

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Nice stone textures. Note the palimpsest of an arch below the right side of the window.

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The rather stark, preserved Gothic west face of the church.

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A wider view.

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A closeup on the edge of a spray of streetside flowers.

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A still wider view, with flowers.

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Wow, that roof ridge is a bit of a roller coaster.

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And one more last view of the Kirche before rounding the corner down the hill.