Photographer's Note

The Felsenkirche, a church built into a natural niche in the rocks, rises high above the houses of Oberstein.
Wyrich IV. of Daun-Oberstein had it constructed in the years 1482-1484. Behind it, a wall of rocks rises steeply upwards; and under it, the houses of Oberstein nestle into the slope. On account of its prominent location, the church has become a symbol of the city. Where else is there a church that can only be entered through a tunnel which was dug into the rocks

The church's greatest treasure is the medieval winged altar. It was created around 1400 by an unknown painter, the "Master of the Mainz Mocking".

More works of art:

* epitaph of Knight Phillip II of Daun-Oberstein, father of the church's builder, †1432
* Sebastian painting, approx. 1570, depicting the family of the Count Seb. of Daun-Oberstein-Falkenstein
* Apostle paintings, 17th and 18th centuries
* fragments of late Gothic glass windows, which were badly damaged by falling rocks in 1742
* baptistery, from 1500
* rock crystal crucifix
* naturally-occuring agate cross from Brazil
* Müller organ, 2002, built into the original Stumm organ's encasing. A small figure, the "Penitent", appears on the left hand side of the organ. It depicts the church's erector Wyrich according to the legend.

The viewing platform, newly opened in 2003, enables visitors to enjoy impressive views of Oberstein and of the Felsenkirche.

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