I've mentioned that some villages in Germany have churches of great age and sometimes unexpected beauty. So here are some more pics of the little Romanesque church in Vernawahlshausen at the Weser.
East wall; the oldest part of the building.
The eastern part dates back to about 1100. It now holds the altar, but originally it was a choir with gross grain vault but no apse. There may have been an even older building, a chapel dedicated to St. Margarethe built by monks from Corvey, one of the great German monastic centres which had its roots in the Cluny tradition. View into the altar room with the rediscovered murals
The church belonged to the Dukes of Braunschweig (the family of Henry the Lion) until 1296, then went to the Abbey of Lippoldsberg; and after the reformation in 1538, the patronship came to the landgraves of Hessen. Closeup of some Romanesque murals:
in the centre the archangel Michael, to the right two apostles
In 1589, the nave was expanded, and thereafter either a traveling painter, or a more or less talented guy from the village added some paintings on the sides of the gallery. Whoever did the job might have benefitted from some lessons in human anatomy. The snake looks pretty good, though. Adam and Eve, Rennaissance painting
The vicar at that time - and as rumor has it, his wife in particular - thought his parishioners should not be exposed to such sinful paintings. Yes, you can see Eva's boobies, which makes this blog 'adult content' now, at least for US readers. *grin* The offending pictures were painted over with white colour and have been rediscovered in 1955 together with the Romanesque murals in the choir.