The Altar of the Poor Clares in Cologne Cathedral was opened for a high feast day.
It is an altar from the 14th century with 36 paintings and 25 sculptures, as well as the altar of the city patrons created by Stephan Lochner, the master of Cologne.

The winged altarpiece from about 1350/60 was originally located in the Cologne Franciscan church of the Poor Clares and only arrived in the Cathedral after the period of secularization. The altarpiece, consisting in a shrine casket with a protruding centre, is closed by a pair of double wings so that three different splendid views are possible. The painting on the wings was already re-painted around 1400. A restoration of the altar between 1907-1909 resulted in the removal of this later painting on the outer wings.


  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 5 years ago

    Amazing detail. I can’t help but wonder about the love that went into this art in the cathedral, and the time it must have taken to do it.

  • Exactly my thoughts. :)
    So often I can just stand there and marvel.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    gorgeous shot !!

  • Thanks very much!
    I’m glad you like it.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture of an interesting subject.

  • many thanks, William!

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Munggo
    Munggoover 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot!

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Alateia
    Many, many thanks!

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 5 years ago

  • Yay, lovely!
    Thanks very much!

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Jim Dempsey
    Jim Dempseyabout 5 years ago

    You have some wonderful pieces of work featured here Maureen, thanks !!

  • Thanks so very much, Jim!
    This means a lot.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful details, congratulations on your features

  • Thanks a lot – I am glad you like it.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

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