St. Catherine Church Ruins

Nuremberg, Germany

Katharinenkirche (St. Catherine's Church) was an important mediaeval church, destroyed during the Second World War and preserved as a ruin.

St. Catherine's was the church of a former Dominican convent, in the Diocese of Bamberg, famous for its Medieval Library. It was founded in 1295 by Konrad von Neumarkt and his wife Adelheid, patricians of the Pfinzig family. In the Middle Ages it had an important medieval library. After the Reformation, it became a Lutheran church. The convent was closed in 1596 after the last inhabitant died.

The church was associated with the Meistersingers who met there from 1620 to 1778, and is featured in the opening scene of Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Although destroyed by air raids in 1945, it was partially restored (1970–71) and is used for events such as open-air concerts.

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Founded: 1295
Category: Ruins in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Brittanie West (57 days ago)
This church has so many fantastic details! Easily one of our favorite churches. There were so many incredible statues, paintings, and carvings. You genuinely have to see it for yourself, photos simply don't do it justice. You can walk around the entire exterior of the prayer area and if you blink you may miss something! Definitely stop here, you won't be disappointed
James Zhang (2 months ago)
Amazing cathedral with Gothic style architecture. The building is clearly visible in this small town with few tall buildings. The twin towers looked massive from a distance, and even more imposing up close. Inside is richly decorated. There are many religious artifacts, paintings, sculptures, and relics. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. There are also many street vendors selling great foods outside. This entire area is very pedestrian friendly.
Press and play V (2 months ago)
Very large with a high ceiling. Here you can specifically see how kings where different from serfs. How they built structures. And how they differ to now. It's a great experience to be in a place that's older than the whole united states twice over.
Bashar Shamwna (3 months ago)
Beautiful church with a beautiful design, the interior looks great. It's free to enter and there's a donation box for those who are willing to contribute.
Marco Berti (18 months ago)
Extremely beautiful, but you've to pay if you wanna go in.. I prefered to stay out and do some photos.
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