Fox Preaching to Two Geese

Fox Preaching to Two Geese Bas Relief in Kloster Jerichow

The columns at the main door leading into the church from the cloisters are richly carved in bas-relief with fantastical animals and nature scenes. Note the fox in a monk’s cowl preaching to two geese โ€” a warning to be careful of false messengers. A theme as actual now as it was then and not only in a religious sense.

The collegiate church at Kloster Jerichow (Monastery) in Saxony-Anhalt is one of the oldest brick Romanesque buildings in Northern Germany.