St. John's Chapel Quedlinburg
The St. John’s Chapel is a sacred gem that represents a conglomerate of different eras. The chapel is divided into choir (mid 12th century), nave (1383, extension 1704), sacristy (1383) and house of blessing (1832). The various components of the chapel were built in the middle of the 12th century, when the choir was built, to 1864, when a second sacristy was built in the east gable. Special features of the chapel are the wooden, painted barrel ceiling and the baroque pulpit altar.
The history of the St. John’s Chapel is closely intertwined with the legendary founding history of the St. John’s Court. It is said that there was a spring which, among other things, had a healing effect on the ailments of a Count of Ballenstedt from the Ascanian family, whereby he bought the land after his healing and founded a hospital for the poor in the 12th century. In the coming centuries, the St. John’s Chapel and the adjoining house for lepers and people suffering epidemic diseases developed into an important socially formative place. A detailed history of the development of the St. John’s Chapel and the quarter as a hospital ensemble cannot be given due to an inaccurate sources. A picture in the town hall illustrates a Reformation scene with the parish priest Kirchhoff, which shows a historical depiction of the St. John's Hospital Chapel in the background. In the 19th century, a residential area was built for socially disadvantaged people and families. This social living concept of the Heiligegeist- und Johannis-Hospital-Foundation was shown at the World Exposition in Paris in 1900.
The St. John’s Chapel hosts alternating events, such as book readings, picnics etc. Ecumenical peace services are also held once a month.
The chapel has limited accessibility.
May - October
1st and 3rd Monday each month
04:00 - 07:00 pm
- free entry
- donation desired
- on request