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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. Add Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) to your Heidelberg travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Heidelberg road trip planning site.
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  • Beautiful old church in Heidelberger Altstadt. I was able to enter for a few minutes to look at the ceiling and walls around 
    Beautiful old church in Heidelberger Altstadt. I was able to enter for a few minutes to look at the ceiling and walls around  more »
  • Tall and streamlined this church has its very beginnings in the end of 14th century. It is surrounded by many little stalls with souvenirs. Inside it appears impressive but minimalistic in its decor.....  more
    Tall and streamlined this church has its very beginnings in the end of 14th century. It is surrounded by many little stalls with souvenirs. Inside it appears impressive but minimalistic in its decor.....  more »
  • This is one of the Heidelberg picturesque skyline features, located on the Market Square. A bit difficult to take a picture of its facade as the main entrance is located on a very narrow street. 
    This is one of the Heidelberg picturesque skyline features, located on the Market Square. A bit difficult to take a picture of its facade as the main entrance is located on a very narrow street.  more »
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  • The outside of this church has some really cool details. The stained glass on the inside is very detailed. Definitely worth checking out a tour of the tower if it’s open.
  • Lovely well cared for church in Heidelberg. Though dark and imposing on the outside the church was bright and airy on the inside. I lit a candle for my recently deceased sibling.
  • The church has the medieval charm with high ceilings and stone columns. And it has quite some stories to bring significance to it. Over a 300 year period, a wall was built in the middle of the church to divide it into two parts to allow both Catholics and Protestants to practice in the church at the same time. The first stained glass window on the right caused the most famed controversy among the world history of stained glass works. The artist got a commission to build a total of 22 stained glass windows but due to the controversy on the fist window, he ended up only completing the single one piece, Physics Window. It costs 2 euro to climb the bell tower which I highly recommend to do it. On the top you get the best view of the River the bridge, the old town and the most importantly, the castle.
  • Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to go inside or on top of the tower, but even from the outside this church looks amazing. This is also the first church I have ever seen which allowed small stores to be directly attached to it.
  • Gothic, 1398. The largest church in Heidelberg was originally Roman Catholic, but the congregation has changed denominations more than ten times through its history, reflecting the chaos of the Protestant Reformation in Germany. Intermittently, over a 300 year period, the nave and the choir of the church were separated by a wall, allowing both Catholics and Protestants to worship at the same time. The wall was ultimately removed in 1936, and the congregation is now solely Protestant. Interior is a little disappointing. Jesuitenkirche has better interior.

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