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.



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

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František Zimmermann (8 months 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 (13 months 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. (17 months 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.
Luis Jaramillo (2 years ago)
This evangelical church is the church of a very old monastery, since it was erected in the 11th century, and it maintained its existence until the beginning of the 19th century. It was a Catholic church, but today it is Protestant and it is clearly visible inside. This church was consecrated by a Pope, Benedict VIII, and it so happens that it is the only evangelical church that has consecrated a pope. It is very well cared for and has a magnificent organ.
Vlado Brasanac (2 years ago)
Quiet and peaceful haven
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