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St. Augustine's Church - A rococo jewel

St. Augustine’s Church. (Copy Right: Stadt Mainz)Behind the red sandstone portal, a modern glass entrance gives a free view of the splendid rococo ornamentation. St. Augustine’s church, at the heart of the old city, remained almost unscathed in the Second World War and presents an exceptional display of splendour for the region, in its original state.


St. Augustine’s Church. (Copy Right: Stadt Mainz)The mendicant order of Augustinian hermits had a monastery in the Augustinerstrasse from 1260 until 1802. The one-aisled church was newly constructed, together with the monastery, from 1768 to 1772. The Diocesan Priests’ Seminary has been located here since 1805. The ornamentation of the church is so rich because patrons generously supported the work: The Elector did not want a “peasants’ church” in his residence city. The façade shows the vivid forms of Main-Franconian baroque and a Coronation of the Virgin by the Mainz sculptor Nikolaus Binterim. In the interior, the painter Johann Baptist Enderle from Donauwörth glorified the life of the Father of the Church, Augustine, in large, bright ceiling frescos. Johann Heinrich Stumm built the divided organ with the centre window in1773; it is one of the few surviving instruments of this dynasty of organ builders.

St. Augustine’s Church. (Copy Right: Stadt Mainz)A lime wood sculpture from 1420 smiles out of a niche between the south side altars: Mary with the Child Jesus playing – an unusual work of Gothic art in its brightness which is assigned to the “soft style”. The highly venerated miraculous image was rescued from the burning Church of Our Lady in 1793. In the high altar is an iconographic rarity: At the death of Christ, God the Father lets “Mankind’s certificate of debt” be torn up by a putto.

Address

Augustinerstrasse 34, 55116 Mainz, telephone +49 (0) 61 31/26 60

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday/Sunday: no fixed opening hours

Mass

Thursday 6.15pm (during the university semester)