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Pipe Organ - St. James Cathedral, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. by Luke Griffin
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Featured in the Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses group, January, 2011.

The pipe organ of St. James (Jakob – German) Cathedral, Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

The great organ of St. Jakob was built by the famous Austrian organ building firm Rieger Orgelbau in Vorarlberg, consecrated in 1968, with 69 registers distributed over four manuals and pedal. The organ has two consoles, six manuals, and about 5,500 pipes.

St. James (German: St. Jakob) is a historic Lutheran church in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, which serves as a church on the pilgrimage route to St. James Church in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It has two towers (south tower: 55.2 m, 57.7 m north tower).

The church was built between 1311-1484. Its east chancel was completed in 1322, nave built from 1373-1436, and west choir, which bridges the street, from 1453-1471. The church was consecrated in 1485 by the Bishop of Würzburg. In 1525 the peasant leader Florian Geyer read aloud the articles of the revolting peasants from its west chancel.

Its western gallery contains the famous Holy Blood altarpiece of the Würzburg wood carver Tilman Riemenschneider, carved 1500-1505, which includes a rock crystal reliquary cross (ca. 1270). The altar includes scenes of the entry into Jerusalem (right), Lord’s Supper (shrine) and the Mount of Olives (left), with Judas as central figure.

Other important relics include the High Altar (1466, also known as the Twelve Apostles Altar) in the east chancel, which represents on its back side the oldest depiction of the city of Rothenburg and rare images of the Jakobs pilgrim legend, as well as an altar of Tilman Riemenschneider and Mary Coronation altar with sculptures from different centuries, including the Riemenschneider school. The stained glass windows of the east chancel are adorned with valuable images from 1350-1400 AD, including the left window (about 1400) with scenes of the life of the Virgin Mary, central window (circa 1350) with scenes from Christ’s life and passion, and right window (about 1400) representing Christ’s work of redemption and sacraments.

Photograph taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ-28
HDR created from 3 images (-1,0,+1), tripod, tone mapped in photomatix and final processing in PS.

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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Comments

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaalmost 4 years ago

    OH YEAH!!!! That’s fantastic Luke…way to go..instant favorite…Renee

  • Thank you Renee.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work Luke

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Many thanks Bob.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    awesome work mate :)

  • Very much appreciate your comments mate. Thank you.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    Features 31st of January 2011

    -yhun :)

  • Awesome, thanks mate.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 4 years ago

    Great work…

  • Thank you Jason.

    – Luke Griffin

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