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Katharinenkirche (St. Katharine's Church)

Katharinenkirche (St. Katharine's Church) Review

On the way to Oppenheim, the vine-covered hills parallel to the Rhine gradually steepen. Then, unexpectedly, the spires of Oppenheim's Gothic Katharinenkirche come into view. The contrast of its pink sandstone facade against a bright blue sky is striking. Built between 1220 and 1439, it's the most important Gothic church between Strasbourg and Köln. The interior affords a rare opportunity to admire original 14th-century stained-glass windows and two magnificent rose windows, the Lily Window and the Rose of Oppenheim. The church houses masterfully carved tombstones, and the chapel behind it has a Beinhaus (charnel house) that contains the bones of 20,000 citizens and soldiers from the 15th to 18th century.

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  • Address: Merianstr. 6, just north of market sq. Oppenheim, 55276 | Map It
  • Phone: 06133/2381
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., daily 8–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 9–5
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  • Location: Oppenheim
Updated: 11-14-2013

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