Herford Abbey Church

Herford, Germany

Herford Abbey was the oldest women's religious house in the Duchy of Saxony. It was founded as a house of secular canonesses in 789, but moved later to the present site. The city of Herford grew up on this site around the abbey. The abbey was dedicated in 832 and was elevated to the status of a Reichsabtei ('Imperial abbey') under Emperor Louis the Pious (d. 840).

Between 919 and 924 Herford was destroyed by Hungarians but was rebuilt by 927. In 1147 the abbey, which by this time had almost 850 estates and farms, was granted Imperial immediacy. This made it an independent territory within the Holy Roman Empire which lasted until 1803.

In 1533, during the Reformation, Herford Abbey became Lutheran, under the Electors of Brandenburg. From 1649 for over a century the abbesses were all Calvinist but that did not alter the Lutheran character of the principality.

In 1802 the abbey was dissolved in the course of secularisation. In 1804 it was turned into a collegiate foundation for men, and in 1810 finally suppressed. The former abbey church remains in use as Herford Minster (Herforder Münster). The church is a late Romanesque hall church, built about 1220-1250. It is one of the earliest hall churches in Germany.



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Founded: 832 AD
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Part of The Frankish Empire (Germany)

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Joachim Thoms (2 years ago)
Bestes Münster weit und breit!
Svenja Weiss (2 years ago)
Schöne alte Kirche
Holzofenbäckerei Schnarre (2 years ago)
Eine sehr schöne mittelalterliche Kirche, leider gibt es trotz Renovierung vor nicht allzu langer Zeit immer noch bauliche Mängel, aber das ist jammern auf hohem Niveau. Das Münster ist eines der Wahrzeichen von Herford und absolut sehenswert. Auch die Konzerte dort sollte man besucht haben.
Jürgen Kusch (3 years ago)
Große Kirche, etwas zugig - wegen der Lüftung, nehme ich an, - aber dadurch auch verflixt kühl. Also: Zieht Euch warm an!!! Eine starke Akustik und viel Platz kennzeichnen diese Lokalität. Schöne Fenster und einige Reliefs zb. an der Kanzel sind sehenswert. Wie immer zu Weihnachten hängt der große Stern über dem Altar genauso wie seit Jahrzehnten. Es ist tröstlich in unserer schnelllebigen Zeit einen solch schönen Fixpunkt zu sehen. Für mich wäre das Weihnachtsfest ohne diesen Stern einfach nicht vollständig - es fehlte etwas Wichtiges. Schön wäre es, wenn in der Adventszeit einmal ein 'Zeitaum' für solche Christen / Mitbürger eingerichtet würde, die zusammen miteinander Advends- u. Weihnachtslieder singen möchten - ohne Predigt, - nur zur eigenen Andacht und Vergnügen. Vielleicht mit Tee /Kaffee/ Glühwein?? Ein paar Kekse/Kuchen dabei. Ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass einige Leute gerne hierher kämen vielleicht einen kleinen Beitrag zahlen würden und sich gerne bem Singen beteiligen oder vielleicht auch einfach nur zuhören möchten. Ist nur eine kleine Anregung ...
Rüdiger Wagnitz (3 years ago)
Absolutes Muss hier hereinzuschauen. Eine lange Geschichte hat dieses Bauwerk überlebt! Eine Führung empfehlenswert!
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