Bremen – St. John’s Church

This is a fourteenth century church in the Schnoor district of Bremen and it replaced a thirteenth century that had been on the same site. It was run by Franciscan monks, but was closed down following the Reformation and turned into a mental asylum and hospital.

The tall nave, with the interior being bright and relatively free of decoration. There was a plan in the early nineteenth century to turn the nave into a warehouse and just use the choir area for worship, but this was narrowly avoided.

There were many of these panels which were set into the walls.

The organ, which dates to 1965. The building had been damaged during the Second World War and the roof destroyed, but it was repaired and in 1992 there was reconstruction of the interior to extend the crypt.