Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

The Holy Cross Minster (Heilig-Kreuz-Münster) is the main Catholic church in Schwäbisch Gmünd. It stands on the site of a former, much smaller romanesque church. It took about 500 years to be completed, though not consecutively. Initial construction began around 1325 under the leadership of an unknown master builder on what was left of the previous romanesque church, the towers of which were still standing. In 1497, the south tower fell onto the north tower, which knocked over the north tower after a bow connecting the two was removed and in 1515, all repair work was finished.



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Founded: 1325
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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Dirk Ludwig (11 months ago)
I attended a choire practice as a guest. Loved the music directors approach to Rossini and the choices already beautiful performance. Looking forward already to the concert!
Valeriy Verbetskyi (2 years ago)
If you going to visit Schwäbisch Gmünd, you must visit Heilig-Kreuz-Münster. There is very old and beautiful place
P Re (3 years ago)
Nice church we good choir :)
Chris Bloss (4 years ago)
Nice old church windows, very high Gothic vault. Worth seeing!
Joseph Greyling (5 years ago)
What an amazing experience! If you like architecture from the Gothic era, this ab absolute must visit.
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