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Discover Düsseldorf: Churches
Old St. Martin
Sankt Lambertus - Leaning tower and Apollinaris
This symbol of Düsseldorf was built in 1394, but the unusual shape of the roof of Sankt Lambertus came about only in 1815. After a fire, the spire had to be re-built; the wood got warped a short time later, and created the famous twist in the roof. According to popular belief, it will straighten itself out again when a virgin gets married in Lambertuskirche. The altar of the basilica holds a shrine with reliquaries of the St. Apollinaris, the city patron. Incidentally, it is his memorial day that is the original reason of the Düsseldorf fair.
Lights, colours and organ concerts
When Elector Jan Wellem took office in 1679, the protestant church was considered as officially recognised. However, the reformed were permitted to build new constructions only in yards. This explains why the church Berger Kirche (see picture on the left) of 1687 is somewhat hidden in the Old Town. It has impressive plays of light and colour such as its glowing altar.
Even Düsseldorf's oldest protestant church, the Neanderkirche of 1684, had to be built away from the street in the Old town. Today, the early baroque construction attracts many visitors to its organ concerts in summer.
Sunday special in the Johanneskirche
The red brick church in round arch style was completed in 1881. Since 1995, the Johanneskirche is the protestant meeting place. Culture and faith as well as welfare and social programmes are blended to form a compelling package. Under the heading "Church in the City" the Johanneskirche has a variety to offer such as the 10-minute service and lunchtime organ concert to the Sunday special.
Baroque and history in Sankt Andreas
Have you just had a stroll through the Old Town? Then you have the chance to visit the Sankt Andreas (the pages are in German, but the pictures are really impressive) in the heart of the Old Town. The former court and Jesuit church even today embodies the close contact between the church, the city and the citizens. Admire the uniform stucco decoration in the interior, the mausoleum of Elector Jan Wellem and the pulpit from the 17th century.
Sankt Margareta in Gerresheim - The devil was at work here
When the builder Gerricus ran out of money, so the legend goes, the devil himself offered help in building the church of Sankt Margareta. Gerricus hesitated and the two decided on a competitive jump from the tower. The devil lost, the construction was completed and consecrated in 1236. Today, the late Roman church is evidence of the life of the noble canonesses who used the church at one time. It houses important exhibits of sacral art. The crucifix from the 10th century, which is among the oldest crosses preserved in Europe, is worth seeing.
A stroll through the romantic town centre of Gerresheim or a walk through the hilly landscape of the forest close by round off the visit.
The Kaiser's romantic place - Sankt Suitbertus
Off to idyllic Kaiserswerth! The church of Sankt Suitbertus is located in the immediate vicinity of the Kaiserpfalz and the Rhine banks, in one of the most beautiful places on the lower Rhine. The treasures of the church include the shrine of the Holy Suitbertus, a masterpiece of the goldsmith's art from the 13th century. In the summer months, it is also possible to travel there by boat. The passenger ships of the Weiße Flotte set sail for this historical part of the city from the Old Town of Düsseldorf.
Stargazer - Sankt Martin in Bilk
The church of Sankt Martin in Düsseldorf Bilk looks unobtrusive and modest, situated as it is in a small park. But a visit is worthwhile. The Roman basilica is the oldest building in the city. In the 19th century, it had become completely dilapidated, but the city preserved the tower from being demolished, because it served the city's observatory as a trigonometric point. A telescope still serves as a reminder.
Mean to an end - Horse stable and youth church
The crusaders probably never imagined, when the church was built in the year 1445, that their church would later be used as a stable, a storage room and as an income tax office. But that is in the past. Today, the Kreuzherrenkirche (see picture on the left) is once again a place of worship. In the vault of the Gothic church, you can see paintings from the time it was built and a keystone with the oldest preserved coat-of-arms of the city.
Rhine walk included - Sankt Nikolaus
Constructed in the 11th century, the parish church of Sankt Nikolaus (see picture on the left) in the city borough of Himmelgeist is a well-preserved monument structure from Romanesque times. Saint Nikolaus, the guardian patron of mariners, is among those saints whose protection those living along the river readily invoke. The sandy banks of the Rhine are within stone's throw and in good weather, ideal for sunbathing.
There's music in the "Max"
Festive church music has been a tradition for three and a half centuries here. The late baroque parish church of Sankt Maximilian, also lovingly known as "Max", was a monastery of the Franciscans until 1804. The choir stalls date back to the 17th century, the organ, the high altar and the pulpit from the 18th century. The former monastery building with its valuable stucco work and the impressive cloister today houses the vicarage and since 2006, the community centre of the Catholic church in Düsseldorf.
Churches in Düsseldorf are cult(ure) institutes: religious places on the one hand, which also experiment occasionally with new forms of celebrating services, and documents of the history of art on the other hand. They cover a significant period of time. The oldest church still standing is from the Romanesque period; the interior of the Berger church is pure 21st century.