Church of the Redeemer, Bad Homburg

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The Church of the Redeemer of Bad Homburg belongs to the Evangelical Church in Germany. Finished in 1908, the building is outwardly of a heavy, Romanesque Revival appearance, while its interior is held in a neo-Byzantine style, with rich marble wall decorations and gold mosaics covering the domed ceiling, leading to the church sometimes being called 'Bad Homburg's Hagia Sophia'.HistoryThe church was built to serve Bad Homburg's Evangelical Christians which around the start of the 20th century suffered from lack of a sufficient congregation space. Its construction was paid for and the design supervised by Wilhelm II, the German Emperor, who had by then made Bad Homburg a summer residence town, and later often came to worship in the church, sitting in his own imperial box with a private entrance. Empress Auguste-Viktoria also provided the jewel-studded altar cross which was originally intended for the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem.In 1901, the Berlin architect Max Spitta was entrusted with the construction plans for the church. However, as Max Spitta passed away in December 1902, architect Franz Schwechten finished the design in late Romanesque style. The foundation was laid in 1903 and the new church was inaugurated in the presence of the imperial couple on 17 May 1908. The building was primarily constructed by the Philipp Holzmann Company from Frankfurt. The numerous artisan works inside the building were the work of local craft shops.
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  • August 1, 2017
    Interesting and great to look around. Nice surroundings outside too. We enjoyed the visit there very much  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    The historic appearance of the exterior did not prepare us for the stunning interior. Built at the turn of the 20th century, at the command of the Kaiser, the elaborate mosaic graphics on the ceilings...  more »
  • July 4, 2017
    From outside is not expected with what happen inside. Already direct if you enter through the main entrance, one has the feeling of an Oriental decor. This is then intensified in the Interior. The Church could stand in Sicily with the beautiful Byzantine-style mosaics, which are certainly exceptional for our latitudes.
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