The richly decorated round-arched west portal of the with above the door a chronogram of 1617 - DIVo IoannI baptIstæ IVgI patrono DeDIC and a two-storey gable with four niches with statues:
1. St. John the Baptist
2. St. Ignatius of Loyola
3. St. Francis Xavier
4. St. Michael
- (center) St. Johannes der Täufer / St. John the Baptist (c. 6 BC- c. 36 AD),
itinerant preacher and a major religious figure who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River. He baptized Jesus at "Bethany beyond the Jordan."
(Wikipedia).. Patron saint of the church.
- (left) St. Ignatius von Loyola / St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), Spanish knight from a Basque noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian, founded the Society of Jesus and was its first Superior General
- (right) St. Franz Xaver / St. Francis Xavier (Javier, Navarra 1506 - São João Island, China, 1552), pioneering Roman Catholic missionary, co-founder of the Society of Jesus
- (in the gable) St. Michael the Archangel, the field commander of the Army of God. He is often depicted slaying Satan represented as a dragon, and with a shield with text quis ut deus (Who is like God?, a literal translation of the name Michael).
Sources & Information
Location (N 50°21'37" - E 7°35'54")
Item Code: derp240; Photograph: 1 November 2015
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