Museum Kirche zum Heiligen Kreuz

Eastern Saxony

This former church holds Zittau's most famous attraction, the 1472 Grosses Zittauer Fastentuch (Large Zittau Lenten Veil). The house-sized painted linen cloth shows a complete illustrated Bible in 90-odd scenes – Genesis to the Last Judgement. Its original purpose was to conceal the altar from the congregation during Lent. Ask for the accompanying voice-over to be played in English.

Also note the morbidly charming tombstones in the church cemetery.

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