Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche), Heidelberg

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
In Heidelberg's central Marktplatz, Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) is one of the few buildings to survive centuries of war unscathed. Foundations were laid for the great structure in 1398 on the site of a late Romanesque basilica, but the church and its large tower were not complete until 1544. Throughout its history, both Catholics and Protestants have used the church; at one point, a partition divided the hall for the two denominations. Climb the steep tower stairs for a spectacular view of Heidelberg and the castle. Add Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) to your Heidelberg travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Heidelberg road trip planning site.
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  • A monumental church in the old town (est. ). Interesting, as churches go, in any case it is nice and quiet in side. You can also climb up 200 steps for spectacular views of the city (Hello there...  more »
  • A very broad and admirable architecture. Frankly speaking I haven’t been to such a large church lately. Although we did not enter the church due to time crunch, I’m pretty sure this would be quite an....  more »
  • It is the biggest and one of the oldest protestant churches in the world. The optical illusion it gives is amazing. The Roman architecture in it is worth seeing
  • A Bright Church we were fortunate to listen to an Organ and Choir practise. A lovely break in a busy day....
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