Evang.-Lutherisches Pfarramt St. Jakob, Rothenburg

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#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in Rothenburg
Finally finished in 1484, Evang.-Lutherisches Pfarramt St. Jakob took more than 150 years to build. This church contains the famous Holy Blood altarpiece of woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider, with images of the Last Supper and other important biblical icons. Some stained-glass windows here date back to 1350, and the organ is impressive. Snag an audio guide for an explanation of the art and history or for a spiritual tour discussing the passion of Christ. This church has a connection as far west as Galicia, Spain, via the medieval pilgrimage route called the Way of St. James. Use our Rothenburg vacation route planner to arrange your visit to Evang.-Lutherisches Pfarramt St. Jakob and other attractions in Rothenburg.
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  • August 12, 2017
    ⛪ Beautiful and well preserved Church. For anyone who likes to watch the arquiterura1 a great option. Last time I was in town it was closed.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Compared to many, this is not the most striking of European churches, but it houses three beautifully-carved, wooden, medieval altarpieces that make it worth at least a brief visit. The most famous on...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    This church is a simple construction. But it nonetheless be a very nice place that brings a plus of beauty to the place. In addition, one of its sides blocks the end of a street and an archery is open to allow the passage.
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  • Yes, absolutely download the free Rick Steve's walking tour of this historic town! It doesn't take too long and will give you perspective on the town before turning you loose to shop your own volition. It'll walk you through the church too, just be sure to use headphones so you don't disturb others.
  • Within the halls of St James's Church however were more artistic wonders for my camera to feast upon. The stain glass windows were mesmerizing as usual, telling biblical lore though the shifting lights of the sun. An onyx black wood carving became the center of my focus - the curiously named Christmas Boat's rowers looked up at me while frozen in mid-row, an eeriness accentuated by the blank look and oversized heads. I made my way to the main altar to marvel at the gilded Twelve Apostles Altar, a work by Friedrich Herlin adorning the most important place of the church. Despite the eye-catching golden frame of the artwork, it was not the most treasured within the church - that honor belonged to Tilman Riemenschneider's Holy Blood altarpiece.
  • A wonderful historic Lutheran church. Do not miss the Altar of the Holy Blood.
  • This church is gorgeous. I didn't realize it until I was in my college art history class, but this place has some gorgeous art. After I had been here I recognized the art my professor presented. My professor's goal for her art history course was to encourage us to travel. She did that. I want to go back.
  • Rather give donation than entrance fee. 2 Euros per adult, 50 cents discount in group, student discount at 50 cents per student. Nice looking though.

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