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: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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murat cakan (3 months ago)
St. Lorenz (St. Lawrence) is a medieval church of the former free imperial city of Nuremberg in southern Germany. It is dedicated to Saint Lawrence. The church was badly damaged during the Second World War and later restored. It is one of the most prominent churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria.
B.D (3 months ago)
The church was originally built as a three-aisled basilica in the Gothic style around 1250, then expanded by an imposing late Gothic hall choir between 1439 and 1477. It was seriously damaged ? during the Second World War and it took about seven years to restore it.
Irina GXG (4 months ago)
It's one of the churches that must be seen in Nurnberg because it's old and with an impressive architecture. I attended a Christmas concert there and the acoustics was perfect.
Press and play V (2 years 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.
ford ash (2 years ago)
what an amazing place! its hard to do it justice with pictures Although I tried my best. This cathedral is a wonderful piece of gothic architecture and I could look around all day but I did not have enough time to.
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