December 21, 2016

2914 GERMANY (Baden-Württemberg) - Church of Our Lady in Karlsruhe


Located in southwest Germany, near the border with France, Karlsruhe owes its existence to the Karlsruhe Palace, built in 1715. The city was planned with the palace tower at the center and 32 streets radiating out from it like the spokes of a wheel, or the ribs of a folding fan, so that one nickname for Karlsruhe in German is the "fan city" (Fächerstadt). As a result, the more you move away from the city's center, in any direction, the buildings are newer.

Situated in south of the city, the Roman-Catholic Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche) was built in 1890-1892 in Neo-Gothic style. Like mostly of the city's center, the church was reduced to rubble by Allied bombing during WWII, but was rebuilt between 1948 and 1950, but without its caracteristic pointed spire. The interior features several works by the Freiburg sculptor Joseph Dettlinger, as well as paintings by Peter Valentin Feuerstein and his son Christoph Feuerstein.

About the stamp


The stamp is part of the series Wild Germany, actually a set designed by Dieter Ziegenfeuter, and issued during several years.
2015.01.02 Ostsee (0.85 EUR) - It's on the postcard 2990 
2016.01.02 Bavarian Forest (0.85 EUR)
2016.06.02 Saxon Switzerland National Park (0.45 EUR) - It's on the postcard 2914

References
Unsere Liebe Frau (ger) - Stadtwiki Karlsruhe

Sender: Simon / simi12 (postcrossing) DE-5798038
Sent from Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg / Germany), on 14.12.2016

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