This morning I finally found the time to peruse the fascinating panoramic photo of the interior of a 500-year old church in Poland that I raved about yesterday. It comes to us courtesy of Jan Zieba, a photographer who specializes in panoramic technology. Because of the extremely ornate nature of the architecture I assumed it was a Catholic church, insofar as Protestants tend to shun this degree of baroque decorative expression. So you can only imagine my surprise when I focused in on this:
Looks familiar, no? To be sure, he isn’t one of the Roman popes. Check out the words inscribed above his image…they are in German, not Polish, and read: “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” which translates as “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The man in the picture is none other than the founder of the Lutheran Church – Martin Luther.
Further exploration revealed this image:
It appears to be a memorial plaque of some sort from the late 19th century that bears the name “Dr. Martin Luther.”I seriously doubt one would find a plaque like this – or a painting of Martin Luther – in a Catholic church.
Without question this is a Lutheran church, located in Świdnica, a town in the southwest Polish province of Silesia. Go here for the history of this fascinating – and breathtakingly beautiful – church.