the shore chapel of Vitt, © Tourismuszentrale Rügen

The octagonal shore chapel on the high bank of Vitt.

The Altenkirchen poet-priest Gotthard Ludwig Kosegarten initiated the construction of the Uferkapelle. In 1806 the construction of the chapel was started according to the plans of the Pomeranian country architect Rühs. Due to the Napoleonic wars the construction activity was interrupted and the Uferkapelle could be completed and consecrated only in 1816. The chapel is a simple octagonal building. Already in 1852 the porch with the sacristy was added. The pulpit altar, designed in Romanesque and eclectic forms, was added to the chapel only in 1882. Above the altar there is a copy of the painting "The Sinking Peter" (Mt 14, 22-33) by Philipp Otto Runge (1777-1818) made by the Stralsund painter Erich Kliefert. The painting was commissioned by Kosegarten in 1805 as an altarpiece to his former student in Wolgast. In 1990, the mural "People in the Storm", was executed by the Italian artist Gabriele Mucchi (1899-2002), one of the most important representatives of Italian realism. Less than a ten-minute walk away, the ecumenical shore services take place every last Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. during the summer.

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