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Jesuitenkirche, Mannheim: High Altar and Pulpit
This reconstruction of the original high altar was consecrated in 1997. It is viewed as 'inventive copy', as a perfect replica was considered impossible. The original was designed by Paul Egell and later brought to completion by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt. The pulpit was taken from a church in Heidelberg; on its ceiling a statue of St. Paul is looking into the nave.
Though this church has been almost completely destroyed during the bombings of 1943 and 1945, it still contains a lot of original Baroque art. This is due to the sacristan Brother Satyrus, who secretly established a chamber near the air-raid shelter for churchgoers, and hid most of the treasury of the Church therein. Less did he fear American and British bombers but the increading assaults of HJ (Hitler Youth) and the ongoing confiscations of clerical properties by the local NS government. This made him safe many unique treasures. Satyrus died in the bombings of '45. (Source)