Church St. Mary Magdalene

Hildesheim, Germany

Church St. Mary Magdalene (Magdalenenkirche) is one of the churches in Hildesheim. Founded in 1224, the current building was consecrated in 1294, the first Gothic building in Hildesheim. Extensive rebuilding took place in the 15th century and further additions were made in the 19th century. In the fifteenth century (ca. 1416) an altarpiece was created by an unknown artist, referred to as the Meister des Göttinger Barfüßeraltars depicting scenes from the life of Mary Magdalene. This has since been broken up and various panels are found in different museums. One of these, the Noli me tangere is in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.

The church was badly damaged in World War II on 22 March 1945 and partly restored in a simplified manner. The restoration was completed in 1961. Magdalenengarten, a baroque park laid out 1720–25, is close by.


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Founded: 1224
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)


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Laura (8 months ago)
My second home. It is a pity that it is probably closed this Christmas and you cannot come to it empty and just feel ...
Detlef Rettig (14 months ago)
Very nice, but unfortunately closed when we came.
Rainer Schmidt (17 months ago)
Small beautiful garden. The church district is very worth seeing.
马可波罗喜欢天主教 (18 months ago)
During my last visit in Hildesheim, it was surprisingly more satisfying visiting this church, than the St. Mary‘s Cathedral, why is that? Well, I think the huge Cathedral had compared to the size less content. This small Church is having quite some eye catchers though. Also, it has a famous painting of St. Mary Faustina Kowalska‘s Jesus most Sacred Heart, was not surprised after I got to know that Polish people run it, so even though the mass is NOT in traditional beautiful Latin, Polish people mostly know how to care about tradition, and they tend to have better Novus Ordo Masses than other parishes, there are most likely exceptions though. I have not tried their Mass though.
Piotr K. (2 years ago)
A beautiful church. The parking lot is very poor, it is especially extreme during the Holy Mass. Take care when parking in the parking area, residents call the police and are happy when it is cashed.
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