St. Godehard Church

Hildesheim, Germany

St. Godehard is a Romanesque church in Hildesheim, Germany, formerly the church of a Benedictine abbey. It remained almost unaltered through the centuries and was not damaged much in World War II. In 1963, it was awarded the title of a Basilica minor by Pope Paul VI. It is a church of the Catholic parish Heilig Kreuz. The basilica has served as the cathedral of the bishop of Hildesheim from 1945 to 1960, when the Hildesheim Cathedral was destroyed and rebuilt, and from 2010, when restoration of the cathedral began. The Hezilo chandelier was installed in St. Godehard during the restoration time.

Godehard of Hildesheim, a Benedictine and an influential bishop of Hildesheim from 1022 to 1038, was canonized in 1133. The same year, Bishop Bernard of Hildesheim founded the monastery and church in his honour. The church was completed in 1172 and consecrated by Bischof Adelog to St. Mary and St. Godehard.

The former convent buildings are used for the Fachhochschule für Verwaltung und Rechtspflege (University of Applied Sciences for administration and law).



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Founded: 1172
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Ve Rena (17 months ago)
One more beautiful church to discover when visiting Hildesheim.
George Tampakoudis (2 years ago)
Very beautiful and picturesque. A church with stunning architecture.
Rajkrishna Paul (2 years ago)
Very beautiful and photo genic
Josefina Martín Gaspar (2 years ago)
Beautiful church in Hildesheim, lower Saxon area. One of the many impressive churchea you can visit in this city.
Chao-Yang Fu (2 years ago)
Located at the center of green garden seems more beautiful~~~
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