Aerial view - Schaprode
Schaprode is a municipality in the district of Vorpommern-Rügen on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany). The municipality is administered by the Amt West-Rügen with its seat in Samtens. The area was part of the Principality of Rügen until 1326 and then of the Duchy of Pomerania. With the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 Rügen became a part of Swedish Pomerania and in 1815 Neuvorpommern became the Prussian province of Pomerania.
Schaprode was first mentioned in a document in 1193. Presumably, there was a Slavic princely seat near Schaprode.

Since 1818 Schaprode belonged to the county or district of Rügen, from 1952 to 1955 to the district of Bergen, then until 1990 to the district of Rügen in the district of Rostock, since 1990 again to the district of Rügen and since 2011 to the district of Vorpommern-Rügen.

Ferry port - pier
At the northern entrance to the harbor is the pier for the ferry to Hiddensee. Adjacent to this is a quay to the east, which is partly occupied by water cabs and passenger ships. Guest berths follow to the southeast. The water depth is up to 3m.
The approach to Schaprode is only recommended during the day.

View of harbor entrance

St. John's Church at Schaprode
The church was built at the beginning of the 13th century and played an important role in the Christianization of Rügen. It is one of the oldest churches on Rügen, along with those in Bergen, Altenkirchen and Sagard. Various Danish bishops sought asylum here during disputes with the royal house. Rügen belonged to the Danish bishopric of Roskilde until the Reformation. The original Romanesque architectural style of the churches, such as St. John's Church in Schaprode, was brought to the island by Danish builders. Around 1450 replacement and reduction of the Romanesque nave (community hall) by a Gothic one. Of the old church, the Romanesque choir with the apse and parts of the east wall of the once three-nave nave have been preserved.
At the end of the 15th century, the church became the destination of a Marian pilgrimage. The triumphal cross dates from that time.
The sacristy dates back to the 16th century. From 1666 to 1668 the Schaproder church received the wooden ridge turret above the west gable. The two church bells were cast in Stralsund in 1609 and 1728. Albert Huve cast the smaller bell in 1609, while the larger bell by Jochim Metzker (Joachim Metzger) from 1728 bears the inscription "LAUDO DEUM DEFUNCTOS PLORO SABBATA PANGO" (I praise God, I weep for the dead, I sing of the holiday). Both bells were delivered to the armaments industry in 1942, but escaped melting. They were picked up from Hamburg in 1950 and rehung in Schaprode.[1] The baroque patronage pews of the church date from the 17th century. The portraits of the reformers Johannes Bugenhagen and Martin Luther at the pulpit entrance were painted in 1723. The three-story altar is also an 18th century work.

Brief description

The municipality is located in the northwestern part of the Rügen Muttland, 23 kilometers northwest of the city of Bergen auf Rügen. It is bordered in the north by the Wieker Bodden, in the south by the Udarser Wiek, in the west by the Schaproder Bodden and in the northwest by the Vitter Bodden. The so-called "Stolper Haken" - four kilometers north of the main village of Schaprode - marks the narrowest point between the islands of Rügen and Hiddensee, which are separated by only 1,000 meters. The island of Öhe is located off the coast of Schaprode.

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Rügen Island in public sources

Information about the island of Rügen.

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