St. Elizabeth Church

Nuremberg, Germany

St. Elizabeth's church was dedicated to Elizabeth of Hungary in 1235. After the Reformation, this was the only Roman Catholic church in the Protestant city of Nuremberg. It soon became inadequate for its congregation, and the church entered into protracted negotiations with the city magistrate, which lasted from 1718 to 1780. Finally agreement was reached for a new church, and the old one was demolished in 1784.

Franz Ignaz Michael Neumann, son of Balthasar Neumann, drew up plans for the new building. The foundation stone was laid on 19 May 1785. Neumann died on 29 September 1789, and responsibility was taken over by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt. However, a large overrun in costs led to the resignation of Verschaffelt in 1789. Eventually topping off was completed in 1802 and in 1803 the dome was crowned with a golden cross.

In 1806 the church was secularised. On 27 January 1885, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bamberg purchased the church, and further work was done to complete the church to the original plans. It was eventually completed in 1903.



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Founded: 1785
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Emerging States (Germany)

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David Fullbrook (10 months ago)
Magnificent cathedral building, well located in the city centre. We enjoyed Sunday evening Mass here last month when visiting beautiful Nuremberg.
Klaus Wanderer (10 months ago)
Catholic church with a big dome, a bit grey on the outside but gorgeous on the inside, the dome is supported by these marble columns on top of which are statues of the apostles, beautiful and intricate works It's a bit off the trodden tourist path so you can enjoy your time here without the usual bustle
Jim Chen (12 months ago)
St. Elizabeth's Church is located in the city center of Nuremburg that is dedicated to Elizabeth of Hungary. The church history dates back to the early Middle Ages. However, the present building was constructed in 1785 - 1802 was restored in the late 1940s after the war. It is now a Neo-classical style building with a large dome and decent exterior. Inside, there are marble columns supporting the circular dome. The decorations of the dome is quite amazing. Drop by if you have time or are into churches. It is not big and will not take up much of your time.
İsmail Hatip (2 years ago)
Nice city Nürnberg - The architecture of this church is different from other churches. Good lighting
Alex Escala (2 years ago)
Solemn and prayerful setting. Praying for everyone suffering.
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