Leipzig: Catholic Parish Church of Saint Boniface

Sankt Bonifatius, 1929-1930. Architekt: Theodor Burlage. Foto: Daniela Christmann
Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Ground plan.

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Ground plan.

1929 – 1930

Architect: Theodor Burlage

Biedermannstraße 86, Leipzig

The listed Catholic parish church of St. Boniface in Leipzig-Connewitz was built between 1929 and 1930 by the Federation of Catholic Business Associations (KKV) as a memorial church for its members who died in the First World War.

The trade fair and commercial city of Leipzig was chosen as the site. In 1928, the KKV, together with the German Society for Christian Art in Munich, announced a compe­tition in which all Catholic archi­tects in the country could participate.

From the appro­xi­mately 240 designs sent in, four designs were shortlisted.

Theodor Burlage’s design, which envisaged a church as a central building with plastered facades and sparing use of red facing bricks, was initially only awarded third place by the jury.

However, after a unani­mously decided survey among the delegates of the association, he was finally awarded the contract. On March 3, 1929, the foundation stone was laid, and on January 18, 1930, the conse­cration could be celebrated.

Three round-arched portals and a large window with stylized sunbeams in the east mark the entrance and the main facade of St. Boniface Church.

Its circular floor plan empha­sizes the under­lying Christocentric idea and estab­lishes the connection between the altar and the congre­gation space.

The main space of the church is surrounded by a wide one-story gallery, which is inter­rupted by the entrance structure and the bell tower and accom­mo­dates two chapels and the sacristy.

The interior of the church, vaulted by a flat dome, is entirely oriented towards the altar. A repre­sen­tation of Christ on the cross is located there.

The entrance to the baptistery is marked by the figures of the four evangelists.

On the opposite side, the opening to the tower, which is both the bearer of the bells and a war memorial, is accented by four pillars with twelve larger-than-life figures of saints in terracotta.

Four saints are depicted in each of three rows, picking up on the theme of sacrifice and serving as role models for the merchants. On the right side, the four evange­lists sit on a crossbeam above the passage to the baptistery.

The altar figure and all other figures are works by the artists Alfred Burges and Wolfdietrich Stein.

Above the entrance portal is a round window by the stained glass artist Theo Landmann, which depicts St. Boniface with his hand raised in blessing and a crozier.

The window in the chancel is also a design by Theo Landmann. It shows the crucified Christ in the colors red, blue and yellow, which are echoed in the blue of the walls, the red of the floor and the gold of the dome.

The tall, narrow window in the tower’s war memorial room was designed by Albert Burges and Wolfdietrich Stein. It shows the mourning of the dead soldier being lifted up by angels and a pelican as a symbol of Christ sacri­ficing himself for his young. Six saints refer to the Mother of God Mary.

Only the Boniface window survived the Second World War undamaged. All other windows destroyed in the World War were recon­structed in the mid-1990s according to histo­rical models.

The original color scheme of the interior was restored in 2005 by the archi­tec­tural firm of Löffler Weber, Munich.

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929-1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

Saint Boniface, 1929–1930. Architect: Theodor Burlage. Photo: Daniela Christmann

 

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