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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  • Located near the square, to access is good. Internal no glitz is small and it was beautiful.
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  • The huge 14th century cathedral dominates all of Heidelberg. It's Gothic design makes it this massif in the center of old town Heidelberg. Has an interesting history of when it was shared by two faith...  more »
  • Very nice from the outside a bit bare inside, the peculiarity is that was both Catholic and Protestant.
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