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Kr. St. Wendel

Saarland

Brülstraße
(Bliesbrücke)

Sankt Christophorus

Saint Christopher

(Greek: Χριστόφορος, 'Christ-bearer'),
martyr of the 3rd century. Carried Christ as a child across a river
(Wikipedia)
Hans Treitz & Gerd Kraushaar
1954 (1991)

St. Wendel /  Sankt Christophorus   St. Wendel /  Sankt Christophorus

Description

  • Limestone statue of St. Christopher.
    In 1954 the statue was made in poured concrete by Treitz, because of detoriation it had to be reconstructed in 1991 by the sculptor Kraushaar, who sculpted the statue in limestone.

    Information Sign

    Die Bliesbrücke
    in der Brühlstraße

    Ersterwähung der Brücke
    um 1600 bei Reparaturarbeiten

    Die „Brücke im Bruelʺ ist die älteste Brücke in St. Wendel und wurde
    im Laufe der Jahrhunderte oft zerstört (z.B. 1750 durch Eisgang) oder
    beschädigt (z.B. 1945 durch Bombentreffer).
    Die heutige Brücke entstand 1926 und wurde 1991 vollständig saniert.

    Statuen:
    • Hl. Nepomuk, 1750 in die Blies gestürzt
      heutiger Standort ist in der Wendelinuskapelle
    • Hl. Nepomuk nach 1750, 1945 zerstört
    • Hl. Christophorus, 1954 in Betonguß, Bildhauer Hans Treitz aus Bliesen
      rekonstruiert 1991 in Muschelkalk, Bildhauer Gerd Kraushaar aus Hoof
    Sankt Christophorus (griech. der Christustragende) ist einer der 14
    Nothelfer und der Schutzpatron der Reisenden und Autofahrer. Er wird
    meist als Riese mit Stab und einem Kind auf der Schulter dargestellt.

    Saint Christopher Legend

    The most well known legend about Saint Christopher's life is this. A little child asked him to take him across the river. During the crossing, the river became swollen and the child seemed as heavy as lead, so much that Christopher could scarcely carry him and found himself in great difficulty. When he finally reached the other side, he said to the child: "You have put me in the greatest danger. I do not think the whole world could have been as heavy on my shoulders as you were." The child replied: "You had on your shoulders not only the whole world but Him who made it. I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work." The child then vanished.

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    Location (N 49°28'6" - E 7°10'0")

    Item Code: desl057; Photograph: 30 May 2019
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