St. Paul's Church

Worms, Germany

St. Paul's Chapter Church was built by Bishop Burchard (who also built the first Worms Cathedral) in 1002. It was originally a three-naved buttress basilica.

A Dominican monastery was added in 1226. Also in the 13th century, the stone dome-shaped tower roofs were added in the Byzantine style of Jerusalem's churches. These make the church a visible monument to the Crusades.

The Pauluskirche was desconsecrated and the monastery destroyed in 1797 in the interests of secularization. In the decades that followed, the church was used as a warehouse, a barn and finally as a municipal museum (1880).

In 1929, Dominican religious life began again here and is still an active community. The resident monks conduct services, prayers and confession, and some also work as hospital or prison chaplains. The Pauluskirche was badly damaged by bombing on February 21, 1945, but through the support of local citizens it was rebuilt and back in service in 1947.

The present nave of the Pauluskirche was rebuilt in the Baroque era, but the remainder of the building is 11th-century Romanesque.



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Paulusplatz 5, Worms, Germany
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Founded: 1002
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)

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Martin Leonhardt (6 months ago)
A place of rest and contemplation
Kerstin Müller (10 months ago)
A beautiful little church that belongs to a Dominican monastery. Here I spend Christmas mass almost every year at midnight on Christmas Eve, which is always very nice.
Hoang Trong (12 months ago)
My first feeling here is a warm and hospitable welcome from priests. Nearby is the St. Paulus Church, which plays an important and historical role in Worms. The peaceful atmosphere in the church is very special, in which one could find a good connection with God. In St.Paulus Kloster you also visit meaningful and impressive artificial exhibitions, even though they look simple. If you want to know more about the history of the Catholic community or the city, be sure to visit St Paul's Monastery and Church.
Uwe Lutterkort (14 months ago)
Very nice building
Ruslan Eldorado (2 years ago)
Beautiful old church ?
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