Worlitz Tourist Attractions
Situation and characteristicsWörlitz, 20km/12.5mi east of Dessau, is famed for its park, the first landscaped park in the English style to be laid out in Germany in the 18th C.
Worlitz Park is home to a rich diversity of flora, flowerbeds, monuments, statues, bridges and canals.
St Peter's Church
Wörlitz's principal landmark is the 66m/217ft high tower of St Peter's Church (originally Romanesque, 1196-1201; rebuilt in neo-Gothic style by G. C. Hesekiel in 1805-09). Remains of the Romanesque building are the doorway and the wall round the nave and tower.
The two-story Wörlitz Town Hall (by Erdmannsdorf, 1792-95) is in the style of an English country house.
At Oranienbaum 5km/3mi south of Wörlitz are a Schloss and a park in Dutch Baroque style (1683 and 1798). Part of the park was laid out in Chinese style (c. 1800), with a Chinese tea-house (1794-97) and a five-story pagoda. In the left-hand wing of the Schloss is the District Museum, with a permanent exhibition on printing.
In Coswig, 5km/3mi northeast of Wörlitz, stands the Romanesque and Gothic church of St Nicholas (1150; rebuilt 1699-1708 and 1926), which has a finely carved organ case (1713), a font by Giovanni Simonetti, Gothic choir stalls, a "Last Supper" by Lucas Cranach the Younger, an epitaph by Lucas Cranach the Elder and stained glass of the Cranach school (1350).The Schloss (1560 and 1667-77), an irregular structure of four wings round a central courtyard, was much altered in the 19th century.
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