Katerina's Windows
Donation and Devotion, Art and Music
as Heard and Seen Through the Writings of a Birgittine Nun



Gnadenberg and Birgittine Church Architecture

Großgründlach, St. Laurentius, Hirsvogel Glass

Harburg Castle

Nuremberg, St. Sebald, Brides' Portal

Nuremberg, St. Sebald, Imhoff-Tetzel-Holzschuher Epitaph

Nuremberg, St. Sebald, Rectory, Hirsvogel Glass

Wöhrd, St. Bartholomäus, Hirsvogel Glass


360-degree Panoramas

Follow the links below to view panorama images taken in Ries and Maihingen. These images can best be viewed in full-screen mode by clicking on the button at the right end of the bar at the lower edge of the image. Some browsers might block the "activeX" controls necessary to display the images, in which case you must follow the instructions given by your browser to permit access.

Ries: Maihingen and Sourroundings

Much of Katerina's Windows takes place in Ries, a fourteen-million-year-old meteor crater with a diamaeter of approximately 25 kilometers located north of the Danube river near the city of Donauwörth. The flat and almost circular plain of Ries with its fertile soil is valued as productive farmland. The low hills on the edge of Ries, a continuous backdrop in the panoramic landscape, were created by the impact of the meteor. The image was taken on a hill outside the village of Utzwingen, with the initial view directed south toward Maihingen. The two hills that are prominent in the chronicle of the Revolution of 1525 are located to the west of the monastery in Maihingen. The towns of Nördlingen and Oettingen, mentioned frequently thoughout Katerina's Windows are visible in the distance.

Maihingen: Footbridge over Mauch River

The Mauch River mentioned in the chronicle of the Revolution of 1525 included in the House Book of Maria Mai runs through the village of Maihingen and flows across the grounds of the former Birgittine monastery. When an attack by the peasants was immanent, elderly and disabled brothers and sisters were evacuated from the monastery and placed in the care of loyal villagers. One of them was the lay brother Hans Mairer. Since he was blind, he was forced to crawl over the river on a narrow footbridge in order to reach a safe haven in the village. The photograph shows a remnant of the enclosure wall of the monastery near the river.

Maihingen: Fishponds and Brickyard

Katerina's letters inform us that the monastery had ponds made using money Katerina had raised. Presumably these were fish ponds, since fish made up an important part of the Birgittine diet, particularly during the periods of fasting. The church of the Franciscan monastery built in the eighteenth century can be seen in the background. The image also shows the location of the former brickyard (Ziegelstadel) of the monastery, which is frequently mentioned in Katerina's letters as well as in the House Book. It once stood at the location of the modern farm buildings that are closest to the viewer. The structures with the steeply pitched red roofs on the other side of the pond belong to the former monastery mill.



Follow the link below to see a zoomable map of the city of Nuremberg as Katerina Lemmel would have known it. Some browsers might block the "activeX" controls necessary to display the map, in which case you must follow the instructions given by your browser to permit access.

Katerina's Nuremberg


© 2009 by Corine Schleif and Volker Schier