Churches in Dortmund: St.-Marien-Kirche

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Kleppingstraße 5, Dortmund, Germany
Churches in Dortmund: St.-Marien-Kirche - St.-Marien-Kirche
Churches in Dortmund: St.-Marien-Kirche - Altarpiece by Conrad von Soest
Churches in Dortmund: St.-Marien-Kirche - St.-Marien-Kirche
Churches in Dortmund: St.-Marien-Kirche - St.-Marien-Kirche
Churches in Dortmund: St.-Marien-Kirche - St.-Marien-Kirche

Churches in Dortmund: St.-Marien-Kirche Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Churches in Dortmund: St.-Marien-Kirche Nov 22, 2012
Two churches, both protestant, stand side by side in the very heart of the city. The „little sister“ of the large Reinoldikirche is Marienkirche, in former times the church of the city council. Seen from the streets they look almost equally sized, the areal view for example on Google Maps reveals how tiny this one actually is. It is the more ancient of the two. The western front with the steeple and the nave, especially the side naves, are still Romanesque with thick and crooked pilars and walls. The gothic choir is a later addition.

In 1833 the church was unused and in danger of being demolished, but by intervention of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. it was saved. During Nazi times it became a centre of Bekennende Kirche, the resistance movement within the protestant churches. In 1944 it was hit by a bomb raind and badly damaged, repair works lasted until 1957. Luckily the art treasures had been brought to a safe refuge in time.

Marienkirche contains Dortmund‘s greatest medieval art treasure: the retable on the main altar. It was painted around 1420 by Conrad von Soest, a famous painter who worked in Westphalia and northern Hassia.

The triptych is actually a fragment. In the baroque era the medieval retable was taken down and the paintings inserted in a new altarpiece in the then fashionable style. The paintings have been cut to fit into their new framing - see the right foot and knee of the Lord in the middle picture, for example. Anyway, the technique is so elaborate and the paintings are so fine that even as fragments they are invaluable.

The altar was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The three paintings show the birth of Christ (left wing), the Adoration of the three Magi (right wing) and the Death of Mary in the central part. This Lutheran church kept the paintings on their main altar after the reformation.

Then there is a second medieval altarpiece showing the Passion of Christ (late 14th century).

The church is open Tuesday to Friday 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00, Thursday until 18.00, Saturday 10.00-13.00, Sunday for the service. Closed on Mondays.
St.-Marien-Kirche
St.-Marien-Kirche
Altarpiece by Conrad von Soest
St.-Marien-Kirche
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planxty says:
You always find some fascinating churches to visit, Kathrin. I do love reading your reviews asthey are so well-researched.

I am so glad the artefacts were saved.
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