Dove Door Handle - Karlskirche - Zweibrücken, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member dreamhummie
N 49° 14.869 E 007° 21.741
32U E 380815 N 5456295
Quick Description: Door handle in the shape of a Dove at the entrance of the Karlskirche located at Karlsstrasse in Zweibrücken, Germany.
Location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Date Posted: 1/3/2021 2:01:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM13KVQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bear and Ragged
Views: 1

Long Description:
Bronze door handle in the shape of a Dove.
It is attached to the door on the north side of the church.
The dove is faced to the Church and according to tradition, a dove radiates peace.
The huge door is also with bronze fittings with high pillars on both sides. At the top you see the coat of arms of Sweden. (visit link)

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The Karlskirche.

King Charles XII of Sweden and at the same time Duke of Zweibrücken, decided to have a Lutheran church built in Zweibrücken by the Swedish-born master builder Haquinus Schlang, which was named after him. Count Palatine Gustav Samuel Leopold laid the foundation stone of this church on June 15, 1708, and it was completed in 1715. Inside the building, a memorial plaque commemorated the construction in 1708, and numerous grave monuments were embedded on the outer walls. This church building, like all others, suffered over the centuries due to several occupations of the town by the French, who sometimes set up camps in the churches, kept their horses in them and used them as a storehouse for war booty.

Like the entire city center of Zweibrücken, the Karlskirche was also hit by aerial bombs on March 14, 1945 and completely destroyed.

It was not until 19 years later that reconstruction began on the basis of the original plans, with slight modifications. After completion of the building measures, which were led by the architect Richard Hummel, the church could be solemnly rededicated on November 1, 1979.
Source: (visit link)
Functional door?: yes

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