One of the most important church buildings of the 20th century, the Mariendom is nothing short of an abstract monumental sculpture. Located in the pilgrimage town of Neviges in Germany, it remains one of the most famous works of architect Gottfried Böhm.
Formed by rising tent-like volumes that seem to push into each other, it exemplifies Böhm’s architectural vision — artistic form and memorable imagery. Together with the church’s adjoining building, the Mariendom has been classified as a historical monument since 1995.
German photographer David Altrath, commissioned to photograph the space, regals us with images of impressive peaked volumes, textural nuances, monumental proportions and overlapping geometric elements. Sunlight passing through numerous light wells and stained glass mosaics, together with the glow of offertory candles, casts a moody and solemn ambience fitting to such an impressive place of worship.
Altrath is a Hamburg-based photographer whose work focuses on architecture and landscapes. With his discerning eye for detail, perspective, light and depth of space, his subjects are often documented in their most natural state. Follow him on Instagram.
Images © David Altrath
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