Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche), Heidelberg

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In Heidelberg's central Marktplatz, Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) is one of the few buildings to survive centuries of war unscathed. Foundations were laid for the great structure in 1398 on the site of a late Romanesque basilica, but the church and its large tower were not complete until 1544. Throughout its history, both Catholics and Protestants have used the church; at one point, a partition divided the hall for the two denominations. Climb the steep tower stairs for a spectacular view of Heidelberg and the castle. For Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) and beyond, use our Heidelberg holiday planner to get the most from your Heidelberg vacation.
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  • We were in very good weather in the Church - and because it was not too crowded, so that we could look at all alone. The Church is relatively karg ep4000, but the Gothic forms are for the better.
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  • Heiliggeistkirche is Heidelberg's main Chapel. It is centrally located in the City Center on the historic market square. The Church was first mentioned in 1239 as a late Romanesque Basilica. In the following centuries, the church underwent a number of rebuilding and extensions. In may 1693 the Church was badly damaged during the ongoing ' war, and not only that: the story recounts that French troops blocked a large amount of people inside the Church, after which they set fire on it. Prayers from a young, reformed Pastor got finally the soldiers to open a door of the Church, and under the human masses, escape was some trampled to death and other mistreated by soldiers. The Church was a few years after this terrible event rebuilt to its current form. Today the Church is Lutheran, but was obviously originally Catholic. Noteworthy is the fact that in the years 1706 – 1936, the Church was divided into two parts with a wall. The choir was Catholic and the rest of the Lutheran Church. The Church's Tower is in the Baroque style, but it is a three-aisled Basilica Chapel in breathtaking Gothic style. In the articles on the Internet can I read that the Church described as a Hall church, that is to say, to the height of the two aisles should be the same as the height of the central nave. But both my mind and my camera tells something else: the aisles are lower than were outlawed, and therefore the Church well is basically a Basilica and no halle Church. The large Windows in the koromgangen behind the altar, together with the Windows of the Church's pages a very great light into the room. The Church's powerful organ on 62 votes are placed on the floor in the left side of the choir. Heiliggeistkirches location on the market square makes the Church to the city's main church, but are you interested in churches, one must not miss out for a visit to the nearby Jesuitenkirche (Church).
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  • For 2 euros each we climbed the. Steps up the turret to take in the stunning views out over all of Heidelberg. The church itself was pretty, very modern in some ways even though it was built in 1426 a...  more »