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“Nice on the Outside”

St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)
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Frankfurt City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #23 of 434 things to do in Frankfurt
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Owner description: This church is where Germany's kings and emperors have been crowned since 1253.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Nice on the Outside”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

It is a huge church now used as a meeting hall. It is nice from the outside, but not worth going in.

Visited May 2013
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“Very simple but interesting”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

worth a visit, photographs of rebuilding are interesting to see, close to the Romer and next to a tram stop

Visited December 2012
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“Not a church, Not a museum; a place to teach kids about German history”
Reviewed 13 April 2013

St. Paul’s church is no longer a church, but rather a history museum and gathering place. The displays focus on the various German governments over the last 2 centuries. About half of displays were in English. Went upstairs to the hall where JFK gave a speech in ’63 months before his death. Nothing much to see. The stage is closed off, otherwise it would have been fun to pose at the podium. Seems like a lot of school groups go there – I saw two school groups tour during my one-hour visit to the museum.

Visited March 2013
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Lodz, Poland
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“This is history!”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

This is a piece of history in Frankfurt. Visit it!
We liked it a lot. The place is in the middle of the Old City of Frankfurt.

Visited December 2012
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“Historically Critical, but Underwhelming”
Reviewed 6 November 2012

As with much of Frankfurt, Paulskirche has been largely reconstructed following bombing. While the outer structure is mostly original, the interior was entirely rebuilt. The site is famous as being where German democracy began, and it deserves a visit just for that, but little remains that harkens back to its days as a church.
The first floor covers the history of Frankfurt, including the revolution that allowed democracy to begin, and the various troubles that followed. Upstairs is an airy, high-vaulted lecture/congregation hall.
It's not often that the interior of a building is able to be redesigned to encompass that building's history, but that's exactly what's been done here. The internal architecture is telling you a story. You enter into the darker, low-roofed ground floor, representing Germany's darker pre-democratic (and some of its post-democratic) past, and then emerge into the bright upper gallery of Germany's democracy. It's a wonderful embodiment of the site's ideals and hopes.
Yet I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed that it wasn't rebuilt in the rich, sumptuous fashion shown in the paintings in the museum portion, and the building certainly no longer feels like a church. Indeed, if there is a regular congregation worshipping here, there is no tangible sign of them, and that is a pity in my mind. The upper gallery is lovely and clean, but it is without soul and heart.
Still, the museum is very informative of parts of German history that many of us aren't familiar with, and this is such an important building in Germany's story.

Visited September 2012
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