Legendary baroque splendour

An old Posterstein legend says that Johannis Hopf was a wood carver who committed a deadly crime on his way through the local region and was sent to the prison of the fortress. During his captivity he is supposed to make the carvings in the chapel. It is said that Hopf’s death penalty was changed into life imprisonment as a reward for the magnificent decoration of the church.

The unknown artist

The carvings are still to be seen in the church today. Merely a table with the inscription “JOHANNIS HOPF 1689” points out to the artist. In historical documents nothing could be found about the artist and his carvings.


Read more about the history of Posterstein Church.