Churches in Dortmund: Propsteikirche

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Propsteihof, Dortmund, Germany

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Churches in Dortmund: Propsteikirche Nov 22, 2012
The main catholic church of the city is not just a parish church but the central church of a Propstei (church district). From its foundation around 1300 until 1816 it was the abbey church of the Dominicans (Black Brethren, hence the street name „Schwarze-Brüder-Straße“). In the 19th century it then became the catholic parish church for the city.

World War II damaged the church badly. A closer look reveals modern elements that tell of the rebuilding in post-war times, like the shape of the spire. The cloister (photo 3) shows one old and one modern wing. The small square behind the church is surrounded by the modern buildings of the large parish centre.

The interior of Propsteikirche holds some medieval artworks which have been preserved during the war. First of all, there is the retable on the main altar, painted by Derick Baegert from Wesel around 1460/70. The large paintings of the inner, the holiday side show the Crucification of Christ in the large central painting, the Holy Family (the whole clan, in fact) with the Madonna on the throne on the left wing and the Adoration of the Magi on the right.

Note the candle-holder hanging from the vaults in the right side nave. It is a medieval crown-shaped chandelier from around 1500 with a statue of the Madonna in the middle. It is a double Madonna with face and front on either side.

The stained glass windows are post-war. They were created by two different artists, they styles are easy to tell apart. Since the windows large windows begin rather low you can see the windows from close by. And look back towards the organ, there is a large rose window in the Western facade.

The church is open in the daytime.
Propsteikirche, medieval chandelier
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planxty says:
It is such a shame about the damage caused by war but it does seem to have been sympathetically restored I am glad to say.
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