We entered the church in the late afternoon. We were alone in the church. It doesn't appear to be a church from the outside; there is a glass door to a foyer that leads to the entrance of the church. Inside, the only word that...More
Some tourists go to churches, temples, mosques, etc., because they are famous, historic, and pretty. They take pictures, gawk, and tick another landmark off their list. Others are art and music lovers who want to... More
Some tourists go to churches, temples, mosques, etc., because they are famous, historic, and pretty. They take pictures, gawk, and tick another landmark off their list. Others are art and music lovers who want to appreciate great works in the venue for which they were created. Most are respectful. The ones we notice are those who are not: people who talk too loud, take flash photos (especially of worshipers praying as they light candles,) touch the artwork, and so on. In this very church, someone stole my program when I went to take Communion. It was just a single photocopied sheet, but I had wanted to keep it. The lady who was sitting next to me was so horrified at this (near as I could tell, as I speak no German), she told me exactly what she thought of this horrible person, and she insisted I accept her husband's program -- they only needed one as a keepsake. Tourists need to remember that these are more than museums -- they are real, working, living houses of worship. Myself, I always put a few coins in the collection plate. I buy a CD. I say a prayer and light a candle. In Jewish sites, I say a prayer and leave a stone. Mostly, however, I write about my experiences. My two visits to this church were glorious. I love cathedrals, and have spent many happy hours exploring them. I hope my musings and (often strong) opinions at least occasionally assist a fellow traveler.