St. Catherine's Church

Oppenheim, Germany

The Katharinenkirche (St. Catherine's church) is regarded as important Gothic church building on the Rhine, alongs with the cathedrals of Cologne and Strasbourg. Construction began probably in 1225, when Oppenheim was granted Town privileges. Since the merger of the Lutheran and Reformed congregation in 1822, it is a United Protestant church and its congregation forms part of the Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau.



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Founded: 1225
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Neda (3 years ago)
Oppenheim is a small town close to the Rhein that has so much to offer including this beautiful cathedral. I would recommend visiting this town for a day or half a day to explore and wine and dine. This cathedral is super beautiful and impressive, however the outside was much more beautiful than the inside. There are also additional spots around the church like the kappellengarten (capella garden) or ossuary (Michaelskapelle) that are a must see!
Emilian Kavalski (4 years ago)
This is a beautiful church. The gothic style and stained glass windows make it unique and one of a kind. Very often, on weekday afternoons, the organist has a practice and one can hear some truly impressive and rare performances. The church is rightly a highlight of Oppenheim and occupies a commanding position in the skyline of the town and it is impossible not to see it.
Barbara Sanderson (5 years ago)
A very beautiful gothic church, built originally as a Catholic church, but became Protestant after the reformation. Beautiful stained glass windows to which my photos did not do justice. Behind the church are two caves where bones are stored and some old pieces of the church which have been replaced, and can now be viewed close up. There is currently work being done in the church at one end of the chapel, but it doesn't really interfere with your tour. Reminiscent of the big cathedrals in Köln and Mainz. >^..^
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