The Marienkapelle is a stunning red chapel of Gothic design on Wuerzburg’s central Market Square. Dating back to the 14th century, it has survived wars and collected intriguing ecclesiastical relics over the years. Capture photos from the square of the chapel’s late-Gothic whitewashed façade with its red fixtures and imposing tower.
Gaze up at the golden cross atop the red tower and admire the red rose window in the white pediment of the chapel’s façade. See the chapel at night, when it is illuminated in bright golden light. Inspect the chapel’s iconic sandstone statues of Adam and Eve flanking the entrance. These are replicas of the originals built by Tilman Riemenschneider, which lie in the Mainfraenkisches Museum.
Enter through the large arched portal to look around the Baroque interior. The altar is comprised of four panels with paintings from centuries ago. Notice the tall frames of stained glass behind the altar in this spacious hall. The many windows throughout the chapel allow soft light to enter and create an airy ambiance.
Sit at one of the dark wooden pews and contemplate the serenity and beauty of this finely crafted chapel. Gaze up at the vaulted ceiling and admire the sculptures and works of art decorating the walls. The church also contains the tombstones of Franconian knights and important local figures, such as Baroque architect Balthasar Neumann.
Note that the site was partially reconstructed after being severely damaged in World War II. It is officially a chapel rather than a church, despite its large size.
Locate the Marienkapelle in the heart of the historic district of Wuerzburg, a little east of the Main River. Walk southwest for about 12 minutes from the Wuerzburg Hbf railway station to get here. See nearby sights, such as the Altes Rathaus Grafeneckart town hall and the Falkenhaus (Falcon House), which hosts a tourist information center.