Association for the Preservation of the Church of Pinnow/Vorpommern, Germany

Mural paintings under the plasterwork

Still the frescoes, that artists of the past painted on a thick layer of lime plaster, keep most of their secrets.
Anläßlich einer restauratorischen Voruntersuchung konnten 1993 bisher neun (9) Fassungen der Innenraum-Auskleidung festgestellt werden. Am meisten ausgemalt erscheint hier die Ostwand (Altarraum).

On the occasion of an examination in 1993 there could be stated 9 versions of interior coatings. Most of the ornaments seem to be hidden under the plaster of the eastern wall (altar-room) Fortunately the 1st version – painted tendrils from medieval times and painted square stones similar to those at Groß Bisdorf or Reinsberg - could be detected in many places of the interior. The remnants of the 2nd period might originate from the renaissance (time of the altartable 1602 ? ) and cannot be described more detailed without further examinations. Finally remnants of an baroque curtain-painting represent the 3rd period.

To the oldest inventory of our church belongs the double-tombstone of the von-Stedingk-Family ( Vicko and Margaretha von Stedingk 1368). Descendants of this family went to Sweden and since there were in official charge at the royal court of Sweden.

Commemorative Stone for Niklas von Klempzen Double-Tombstone of the von-Stedingk-Family 1368
Commemorative Stone for Niklas von Klempzen († 1552), 1555 given by Magdalena von Bonow, his widow Double-Tombstone of the von-Stedingk-Family 1368

A very important testimony to the importance of Pinnow and our church in the past is a commemorative stone put into the churchfloor: In 1555 Magdalena von Bonow, the widow of Niklas von Klempzen, gave it in memory of her husband. Nik(o)la(u)s von Klempzen (about 1504 – † 1552 in Stolp/Eastern Pomerania) owned among other things the manors of Pinnow, Bömitz and Klitschendorf. He was „Landrentmeister" – treasurer - of Duke George I° of Pomerania and a chronist of pomeranian history. He decisively influenced the first historiographic collection of pomeranian history (High German edition as „Fragmenta der pomerischen Geschichte" about 1538) by Thomas Kantzow