St. Stephan's Church

Bamberg, Germany

St. Stephan's Church is built on the most eastern of the seven hills. It has been Bamberg's most important protestant church since 1807.

The original building, which was probably donated by empress Kunigunde, was erected at the same time as Heinrich's Cathedral and was consecrated by Pope Benedict VIII in 1020. Today's church was constructed in two phases in the 17th century and is based on a Greek cross. The choir, built by Giovanni Bonalino in 1628/29, includes elements of the baroque, neo-gothic style. The three other naves, for which Antonio Petrini was responsible, reflect a baroque style, strongly influenced by the renaissance. The works of art span the baroque period to the present day.



Your name


Founded: 1628
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

More Information


4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Toralf (10 months ago)
Simple, beautiful church in the heart of Bamberg. It impresses with its simple and elegant furnishings. Definitely worth a visit.
Swetlana Mayer (12 months ago)
Magnificent from the outside, simple and bright from the inside. Especially at Pentecost, the church was wonderfully decorated with green branches. The church certainly cannot be compared with the cathedral, but it is still worth a visit.
František Zimmermann (2 years ago)
A very original church with a long history. The sound is very interesting when playing the organ, the square structure allows you to hear wonderful tones of music. The Stephanskirche in the old town of Bamberg is the only Protestant church that was consecrated by the Pope (Benedict VIII). He was consecrated at Easter 1020 in the presence of Henry II. The monastery was founded in 1007/09 by Bishop Eberhard I of Bamberg, possibly on the instructions of Empress Kunigunda. Today's building was shaped by three construction periods. The oldest part is the tower with a roof from 1698. The choir from 1628 was built by the builder Giovanni Bonalino, the church in the shape of a Greek cross with three additional cross beams by Antonio Petrini in 1678-1681. Petrini preserved the original floor plan from the 11th century.
Alex Bransby (2 years ago)
Pretty church with nice view over town. Bit of a trek to get up to but it’s usually quite quiet compared to other parts of town. Definitely worth checking out if you’re strolling through Bamberg. Lots of very pretty and nice winding old streets around it too!
A.M. G. (2 years ago)
A very beautiful, albeit rather simply kept, formerly Roman Catholic now Evangelical Lutheran town church with a great organ and currently a beautiful, large nativity scene.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

The Church of the Holy Cross

The church of the former Franciscan monastery was built probably between 1515 and 1520. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma. The church stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki (Rauma river).

The exact age of the Church of the Holy Cross is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. The monastery had been established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420.

The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

The choir of the two-aisle grey granite church features medieval murals and frescoes. The white steeple of the church was built in 1816 and has served as a landmark for seafarers.