#ShortNews: German couple has saved 650 stained glass windows from demolished churches

Ernst and Annette Jansen-Winkeln, originally from Mönchengladbach, continue their efforts at rescuing and listing the stained glass windows that are the symbols of German churches, with the stained glass windows of the parish church of St Barbara in Essen which will soon be demolished (the 13th Catholic Church pulled down in the diocese due to the reorganisation process). They have currently saved 650 stained glass windows from demolished Catholic and Evangelical churches: they have also saved some of those of the Cathedral of Immenrather, in the diocese of Aachen, completely razed to the ground to extend a mine.

Mr and Mrs Jansen-Winkeln (he is an architect and art historian, she is a photographer) have had the stained glass windows removed at their expenses and bought them for 5 thousand euros: “We cannot bear to see the windows thrown way and the churches destroyed”, say Ernst and Annette, who do not mind if the churches are old or new, as in the case of St Barbara’s, built in 1952 over the remains of an earlier church destroyed in the Second World War. And all over Germany there are hundreds of churches that have been abandoned, demolished or sold to be converted in the last few years.

https://www.agensir.it/quotidiano/2018/5/30/germany-saving-the-stained-glass-windows-of-demolished-churches-mr-and-mrs-jansen-winkelns-mission/

 

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