Görlitz: Netzgewölbe der Frauenkirche - Ribbed vaulting of the Church of Our Lady
Die Grundsteinlegung für die dreischiffige spätgotische Kirche fand am 7. Mai 1459 und die Weihe am 29. Mai 1473 noch vor der Fertigstellung statt. Die hohen Maßwerkfenster, das Netzrippengewölbe mit den verzierten Schlusssteinen, die die Sieben Freuden Marias, die vier Evangelistensymbole und vier weibliche Heilige abbildet sowie die Orgelempore aus Sandstein gehören zu den bedeutenden gotischen Steinmetzkunstwerken der Stadt.
The foundation stone of the three-nave late-Gothic hall church was laid on May 7th, 1459, and it was consecrated on May 29th, 1473, even before it was completed. The high tracery windows, the ribbed vaulting with the decorated keystones showing the Seven Joys of Mary, the four symbols of the Evangelists and four female saints as well as the sandstone organ gallery rank among the most important works of masonry of the town.
Görlitz is the easternmost town of Germany and, with 55.000 inhabitants, the largest of the region of Upper Lusatia. It is situated on the Lusatian Neisse river established as Germany's Eastern frontier after World War II. As a consequence, the part of the town situated on the East shore of the river constitute now the Polish town of Zgorzelec. Both parts of the town declared themselves "City of Europe" in 1998, cooperating in the urban management. Görlitz was left nearly unharmed by destructions in World War II. And so all important phases of urban development and architecture have been preserved without great modifications. Görlitz boasts more than 4.000 cultural and architectural monuments, forming the largest area under monumental protection in Germany.