St. Andrew's Church

Lübbecke, Germany

The present-day Evangelical-Lutheran parish church of St. Andrew in Lübbecke is one of the ancient parishes of the Bishopric of Minden.

The originally single-nave, cross-shaped building with a west tower was built, probably from 1160 to 1180, in the Romanesque style. In 1350 it was converted into a Gothic hall church by the addition of two side aisles. This change of style can still be clearly recognised in the interior of the church. During restoration work in 1959–62 the remains of wall and ceiling paintings inside the church were uncovered, some of which dated to as early as the 13th century. The church's fittings include a cup-shaped Gothic baptismal font, a lifesize Christ on the cross made around 1200, and an organ casing from 1628, that was modified in 1642. In addition, a large number of epitaphs have been preserved. The tower is almost 70 metres high, making it one of the highest church towers in a town anywhere in Germany.

The collegiate church of St. Andrew in Lübbecke had been founded as a chapter of St. John (Johanneskapital) at Ahlden on the Aller, before it moved to Lübbecke in 1295. In 1280 it was at first moved to Neustadt am Rübenberge and in 1295, for security reasons, to Lübbecke. The Church of St. Andrew in Lübbecke was elevated to a collegiate church. In 1550 the Reformation was introduced at St. Andrew's and the church became a Lutheran parish church. In 1624 there were five Lutheran and a Roman Catholic canon. The collegiate chapter was not abolished until 1810 by the French government in Kassel (Kingdom of Westphalia). The stone of the former castle of Meeseburg on the summit of the Meesenkopf in the Wiehen Hills was supposed to have been used to build the church.



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Founded: 1160-1180
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Romy Scholz-Schweppe (6 months ago)
A beautiful silver confirmation.....
Karin Mark (7 months ago)
Beautiful church
Rixky _ (2 years ago)
Very nice church and very nice staff! Always open and approachable.
M. B. (4 years ago)
Nice old church. It's a shame it hasn't been restored. It smells a little musty. The church renovation lives on donations. It's worth a visit.
Lars “Hunni” Hunneshagen (5 years ago)
the Christmas service for children and families, as usual, well and lovingly done... lively and entertaining thanks to Mr. Helling and Mr. Grube....
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