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St. Jacobi

St. Jacobs
Jacobus the Elder
Jacobus the Elder, patron saint of pilgrims


Significant parts of the medieval furnishings of the parish church of St. Jacobs have been preserved. The choir has six windows with stained glass from the 14th and 15th centuries. The windows show the twelve apostles, scenes from legends of saints, the Passion of Christ, and post-medieval coats of arms of Stendal citizens from 1581. In St. Jacobs the valuable furnishings show the importance and wealth of the old Hanseatic city, too. The carved choir screen belongs to the 1st quarter of the 16th century. In the choir there is a carved choir stalls from around 1420/30 and on the north side of the choir there is a built-in cabinet with flat carvings from around 1500. A special work of art is the sandstone pulpit from 1612 by Hans Hacke from Werben in the Altmark. The life-size carrying figure depicts Jacobus the Elder as the patron saint of pilgrims with the pilgrim's symbol on his hat, the shell. There are also a large number of interesting tombstones and epitaphs in this church. The previous building of the church St. Jacobs was a Romanesque field stone building, probably the oldest church of Stendal: village church of the former village of Steinedal.