Statues - Hither & Thither

Switzerland
Romanshorn
Thurgau

Schlossbergstrasse
(St. Johannes Kirche)

Fassadenstatuen an der St. Johannes Kirche

Façade statues at St. John's Church

Alois Payer
1911-13

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Description

Church, built between 1911 and 1913 by the architect Adolf Gaudy, with sculptures at the front and at the side entrances.

Front: Four statues in two rows:

Romanshorn - Fassadenstatuen an der St. Johannes Kirche

  1. Sankt Johannes der Täufer - St. John the Baptist - with a lamb.
    (c. 6 BC- c. 36 AD), itinerant preacher and a major religious figure who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River. He baptized Jesus at "Bethany beyond the Jordan." (Wikipedia).
  2. Sankt Gallus / Saint Gall (with a bear), (Ireland c. 550 - Arbon c. 646), Irish disciple and one of the traditional twelve companions of Saint Columbanus on his mission from Ireland to the continent; portrayed as an abbot blessing a bear that brings him a log of wood (Wikipedia).
    (Ireland c. 550 - Arbon c. 646), Irish disciple and one of the traditional twelve companions of Saint Columbanus on his mission from Ireland to the continent; portrayed as an abbot blessing a bear that brings him a log of wood (Wikipedia)
  3. Bischof Konrad von Konstanz - St. Conrad of Constance (c. 900-975), bishop of Konstanz, 934-975 (Wikipedia).
  4. Bischof Gebhard von Konstanz - St. Gebhard of Constance (Bregenz 949 - Konstanz 995), bishop of Konstanz, 979-995 (Wikipedia).

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North entrance: Tympan and two statues:

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  1. Tympan relief Maria und Jesuskind.
  2. Sankt Cäcilia - Saint Cecilia - with an organ.
    patron saint of musicians and Church music because as she was dying she sang to God (Wikipedia).
  3. Sankt Katharina von Alexandrien - St. Catherine of Alexandria - with broken wheel.
    (early 4th century), Virgin princess, martyr; she was condemned to death on the spiked breaking wheel, but, at her touch, it shattered (Wikipedia).

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South entrance: Tympan and two statues:

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  1. Tympan Christus König - Christ the King
  2. Sankt Aloysius von Gonzaga - Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
    (Castiglione delle Stiviere 1568 - Rome 1591) Italian Jesuit. Canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726 (Wikipedia).
  3. Unknown saint with book (St. Ignatius of Loyola?).

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Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Cecilia, St.
  • Christ (King)
  • Conrad of Constance, St.
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Gall, St.
  • Gebhard of Constance, St.
  • Ignatius of Loyola, St.
  • John the Baptist, St.
  • Mary with Child
  • Mary with Child
  • Payer, Alois
  • Saint (unknown)
  • Location N 47°34'7" E 9°22'50"

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