Memorial Church

Speyer, Germany

The Gedächtniskirche der Protestation ('The Memorial Church of the Protestation') was built between 1893 and 1904. It was constructed in memory of the protest that took place at the Diet of Speyer by the Protestant states of the Holy Roman Empire in 1529. The tower is the tallest bell tower in the palatinate with 100 m. Its construction was supposed to be a reminder of the protest action that the imperial evangelical states brought to bear in 1529 at the Reichstag in Speyer. The Luther memorial in the vestibule and the adjacent statues of local Protestant rulers serve as reminders of this event.

During the cultural struggles at the end of the 19th century, relationships between Catholics and Protestants were tense. That had its impact on the construction of the Memorial Church which was, under no circumstances, to be any less assertive than the Cathedral. In any event, the construction was controversial, even for evangelical Christians.

The Protestants collected donations and even gained the support of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife, who donated the glass window in the apse. Following the plans of Julius Flügge und Carl Nordmann, the church was built very lavishly out of white-gray Vosges sandstone.

In 1979, the organ was replaced. The current organ comes from the Detlef Kleuker workshop and is, with its 95 registers, the largest organ in southwest Germany and the second largest mechanical organ in the world.

Organ concerts and matinees take place regularly in the Memorial Church.

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Founded: 1893-1904
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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Radhika De Silva (2 years ago)
One of the smaller cathedrals with gothic architecture. But, very impressive stained glass decorations and a pipe organ. Worth the visit.
Jenny Ibrahim (2 years ago)
I feel that this church may be overlooked compared to the Dom. Don’t miss this beautiful church! Amazing stained glass windows, architecture and tiled roof. Love this place! Easy walk down the Main Street from the Dom.
sarah elhouch (2 years ago)
It is a magnificent place full of spiritual life! You can read the history of the church in the walls and that was really educational for someone foreigner! It’s worth the visit if it’s your first time in Speyer and it’s really close to the old gate and old town!
Purvang Kalani (2 years ago)
Very beautiful church. Peaceful atmosphere and great interior design/mosaic art. Highly recommend this place. Easy, walkable distance from speyer dom or shopping mall.
DaBoss Robert (2 years ago)
Did not see the inside as they were closed. But nice looking church from the outside.
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