Friday, June 9, 2017

Coburg, Franconia, 3 June 2017

Veste Coburg, By Presse03 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6251198
Coburg is almost 3 hours east of Frankfurt in northern Bavaria. It is a beautiful old city overlooked by a fortress, portions of which date back to the 11th century. The hilltop was inhabited beginning in Neolithic times. The castle was hosting a special exhibition focusing on life in the peasants, priests, and knights. In particular, the focus was on Martin Luther who was sheltered here after being excommunicated and banned by the Roman Catholic church. The fortress is extremely well-preserved. A couple serving in Regensburg and isolated from everyone else joined us, and it was a wonderful day. We met some nice people on the street and shared a few pass-along cards. Our sweet returned missionary Libbie Bakker served in Coburg and recommended several things - she recommended more things than we could see. We won't have time to go back, but it would be worth it.
View of the fortress from the west - Von Störfix, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13257503
Just below the walls
Meeting up in the courtyard - Sister Aiken, Sister Mumm, Sister Snapp, Janet, Elder Aiken

Well in the interior courtyard. We had a perfect weather day.

Courtyard monument to World War I dead

One of the castle buildings from an interior courtyard

View to the west from a battlement
Part of the standing exhibit (we were not allowed to photograph any of the great things in the special exhibit). How about this desk?

Carved and painted paneling in one of the rooms

Ornate chest. These were used for sitting and storage

Beautiful inlays in this table

Carved wooden entry

Loved the carving on the door

Gilded ship model

Wood carving depicting Mary and Joseph's flight into Egypt with the infant Jesus

Spectacular wooden ceiling and carved panels along the upper part of the wall

Close up of one of the carved panels at the top of the wall
Original painting by Lucas Cranach (the elder or the younger) entitled The Unequal Pair - looks like her wealthy dowry could buy her a handsome young husband, despite her looks.
Portcullis in a tunnel leading into the fortress off a bridge over a moat (now dry)
Got this great shot walking back to where we parked the car (climb up a steep hill that left us panting a little)
Gate tower in the old city below the fortress
We have loved getting to know Elder and Sister Aiken
There was a market in the main plaza near the city hall. Elder Markle is ready for some lunch.

There is a sausage called a Coburger - delicious. Elder Neilson, Sister Neilson, and Sister Mumm
Janet liked her Coburger, too
Flowers for sale surrounding the statue in the center of the Marktplatz
Germans love to eat outdoors in good weather (and sometimes in bad weather)

Elder Dale and Sister Suzan Aiken

Can't beat the ice cream

Jeff went for the spaghetti Eis - delicious and cool
Apotheke (pharmacy) at this location since the 1500s

Picturesque end of the Rathaus (city hall)

View of the front of the Rathaus after the market cleared out

The front of Ehrenburg Palace (now a museum)

Another of the ornate buildings surrounding the market square

Tower that was part of a wall in medieval times
Tower of the Protestant Church of St. Moritz

In the church choir - an epitaph to a wealthy patron

Central knave

Faith, hope, and love

Baroque organ

Taken from the upper balcony
A handwritten choir book (bass part) from 1635

The group found a quiet place to sit down for a few minutes
Bust of Martin Luther. While in Coburg he preached a series of sermons in St. Moritz in the year 1530
Exterior building decoration

Whimsical fountain - labeled "drinking water" but we weren't that thirsty
Elder Snapp demonstrating how to use a slide rule - haven't seen one of these in almost 35 years

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