Images for spiritual salvation
Anyone who wants to get an idea of the original interior design of this church needs a lot of imagination. After its extensive restoration in 1909, the walls and pillars were chalk white and decorated with a cuboid mesh of red lines. Figurative representations of apostles, angels, and secular individuals could be found next to the windows. Almost 200 saints were gathered just below the vaults. Today, only fragments of these frescoes are preserved.
The painting work of the aisle, choir and pillar walls began in the first half of the 14th century. The frescoes were probably completed in the 1350s or 1360s. The church owes their existence to donations from the citizens of Anklam, who were particularly concerned about the salvation of their souls after experiencing the horrors of the plague. The figurines and ornamental accessories resemble the murals painted in St. Nicholas Church Stralsund, so presumably both churches employed the same workshop. The murals from the early 14th century at St. Mary's Church in Anklam are almost completely preserved. They are a useful comparative example to get a better idea of the former interior paintings at St. Nicholas's Church.