Travelogue II: Rothenburg ob der Tauber


15 Juli, 2014 We took the slow train today to Rothenburg, my Hermann Hesse city. Real Herrgottswetter (Lord God’s weather) the entire afternoon–blue sky, clear sunshine, warm breeze. French Flammkuchen and Silvaner at a table on the cobblestones, someone playing a horn a few streets away.

Anyway, I wrote a lengthy post about the city here, which I won’t repeat. But I must re-post the pictures* of Tilman Riemenschneider’s Holy Blood Alter, which remains possibly the single most beautiful thing I have ever seen. “I’ve been taking students here for 28 years, and it never gets old,” said the professor. It’s amazing how a thing of carved wood can be so moving.











You look at this work of art and think, if this should ever be destroyed one day, through crime or accident or time or war, what a loss that would be. If it is possible to pray anywhere on this earth, then in front of this masterpiece would be the place. But then wouldn’t you be praying to art, to human creation, and not to God at all? 


*Pictures by Tim Coobac, who had an awesome camera. 

3 thoughts on “Travelogue II: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

  1. Wow, that is beautiful. I hope I can go someday. If I may, though, I would add that praying in front of such a beautiful piece of art would simply remind us of God’s beauty and greatness. It glorifies Him, it does not take away our worship of Him. We can be impressed by the work of art and still give the glory to God, if I’m making any sense?

  2. Rothenburg is such a neat city… the walls, the street musicians, and yes, that gorgeous altar. Artists don’t really make many things like that anymore – or at least, there are few widely-known masters, as Riemenschneider was.

    Bamberg is also well worth a visit, if you have time.

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