Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche)

Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche)

Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche)
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Kelly B
    Iowa5,203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exterior is very impressive
    This church looks very impressive from the outside, what with dominating the market square. I could only get a brief glimpse of the inside: there was a church event for families going on, and (understandably) photos weren’t allowed. Tourists could stand in the entrance and look in at the main area. I didn’t think the inside was very remarkable.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Marty Bielicki
    Stuart, Florida15,437 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Few Tips About the Church of the Holy Ghost
    We were having lunch at Hotel Ritter and the Church of the Holy Ghost was a stone’s throw away. The church is the largest one in historic Heidelberg. Not as impressive as others we seen across Europe. Although, it does deserve a quick look-see. We thought the ceilings cross beams to be beautiful. There is a large organ and some of the stained glass is unique. Unfortunately, the original stained glass was destroyed in the fire of 1693. More stained glass was destroyed in WW. II, 1945. Historically, a Catholic church which began in the late 14th century. Since then, the church has changed hands 10 times. Today it is Protestant since 1936.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Aniello Saggese
    Baronissi, Italy2,053 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting Protestant church
    During my trip to the charming town of Heidelberg, I visited this beautiful church. Being a predominantly Protestant church both the outside and the inside are not very decorated but the beauty of the naves and the colorful stained glass windows amply compensate for this gap. During my visit, I was able to access the top and the view from the roofs of the church was beautiful. Finally, before leaving, I stopped near the organ with many majestic reeds. It's a shame we couldn’t hear its sound.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 January 2024
  • TravelBrianCO
    Pearland, Texas923 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable walk through
    Overall a quick walk through an impressive church. A tour group was a bit rowdy while there but there is plenty to see. The architecture of old churches always amazes me. The exterior is impressive and it is located in the main square.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 April 2024
  • Diana R
    Birch Run, Michigan2,890 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cathedral
    Our guide pointed out the doors on this church and told us Martin Luther had nailed his thesis to this door as well as one in Wittenberg. It’s beautiful inside. Along one of the sides outside there are stalls and people selling souvenirs too. We chatted with a couple of them before going inside. Very beautiful and old, this was not damaged in WW2.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2024
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Kelly B
Iowa5,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This church looks very impressive from the outside, what with dominating the market square.

I could only get a brief glimpse of the inside: there was a church event for families going on, and (understandably) photos weren’t allowed. Tourists could stand in the entrance and look in at the main area. I didn’t think the inside was very remarkable.
Written 4 November 2023
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Aniello Saggese
Baronissi, Italy2,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
During my trip to the charming town of Heidelberg, I visited this beautiful church. Being a predominantly Protestant church both the outside and the inside are not very decorated but the beauty of the naves and the colorful stained glass windows amply compensate for this gap. During my visit, I was able to access the top and the view from the roofs of the church was beautiful. Finally, before leaving, I stopped near the organ with many majestic reeds. It's a shame we couldn’t hear its sound.
Written 5 January 2024
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL15,437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples

We were having lunch at Hotel Ritter and the Church of the Holy Ghost was a stone’s throw away. The church is the largest one in historic Heidelberg. Not as impressive as others we seen across Europe. Although, it does deserve a quick look-see.

We thought the ceilings cross beams to be beautiful. There is a large organ and some of the stained glass is unique. Unfortunately, the original stained glass was destroyed in the fire of 1693. More stained glass was destroyed in WW. II, 1945.

Historically, a Catholic church which began in the late 14th century. Since then, the church has changed hands 10 times. Today it is Protestant since 1936.
Written 12 December 2023
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
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. Romanesque and Gothic styles dominate.
Very interestingly the nave and the choir of this church were once separated by a wall. It is hard to imagine this now but at the time it, allowed both Catholics and Protestants practice peacefully together.
Written 28 September 2022
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Diana R
Birch Run, MI2,890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our guide pointed out the doors on this church and told us Martin Luther had nailed his thesis to this door as well as one in Wittenberg. It’s beautiful inside. Along one of the sides outside there are stalls and people selling souvenirs too. We chatted with a couple of them before going inside. Very beautiful and old, this was not damaged in WW2.
Written 15 May 2024
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Sue M
Williamsburg, VA1,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Interesting church that has changed from Catholic to Protestant several times over its lifetime. At one point, the church housed both Catholics and Protestants. The church dominates the Market Square of the Old Town.
Written 19 May 2023
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A fine cathedral with romanesque and gothic features and some quality stained glass. My favourite feature though was the tacky tourist shops tucked into the niches outside - apparently this was a common feature in medieval times; now almost universally stripped away in every large European churches. The other thing which we loved was the story that until 1936 there was a wall down the middle of the nave so that protestants and catholics could both use it for worship. The cathedral dominates the brilliant Marktplatz so you'll definitely want to go inside and have a look while you're in Heidelberg.
Written 18 June 2023
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TravelBrianCO
Pearland, TX923 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Overall a quick walk through an impressive church. A tour group was a bit rowdy while there but there is plenty to see. The architecture of old churches always amazes me. The exterior is impressive and it is located in the main square.
Written 21 April 2024
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
It was built between 1378 and 1441 and sits in the middle of Market Place. It has all the trappings of a great Medieval Church (tombs, ancient fading murals, etc.) but it has one rather unique twist: note the stained glass window that records (and thus commemorates) the date that the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It was a jolt to see this bright red window with the date on the bottom. The official name of this window is "The Physicists Window." It was not what we expected inside a church. The window has quite a few "modern" windows.

During WW II, much of Germany sustained damage and this church was no different. Some of the windows have been replaced as extensive concussion damage from bombing damaged windows on the bridge-side of the church. Germany blew up the bridges.

Between 1706 and 1936, both Catholics and Protestants utilized the church and (on the wall) there is a downward pointing dagger-like marker that marks the separation line between the two faiths. A wall was built between the nave and the choir: Catholics in the east wing and Protestants in the nave. Since 1936, this has been a Protestant place of worship, the walls are down, and the church welcomes visitors.

In 1693 (when the French came here for a second time), French troops of Louis XIV arrived to pillage and plunder Heidelberg. The residents sought refuge in the church and were locked in, while the roof was set on fire by the invading army. A French commander defied orders and unlocked the doors.

Fifty-five remnants of tomb markers were salvaged after destruction attributed to the French; these are affixed to the wall. These reflected 4 centuries of tombs that were the final resting places of Prince-Electors.

In 1622, post-war looting emptied the church; pews, paneling, lecturns, and all things wood were reconfigured into packing crates to haul the booty off to Rome. A rare and very extensive library (dating to before the 1400's) and anything of value was appropriated. Some books have made their way back to Germany since then.

This is piece of valuable history; it is a reminder of the devastation of war and a testament to the human spirit to endure.
Written 17 September 2015
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BerndKü
Heidelberg, Germany341 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
They have regular organ concerts in this churche. You can also go up the tower to have a great view over the city.
Written 24 April 2016
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