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St. Michael's Church, Hildesheim

St. Michael's Church, Hildesheim
St. Michael's Church, Hildesheim

The Church of St. Michael (German: Michaeliskirche) is an early-Romanesque church in Hildesheim, Germany. It has been on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list since 1985.


St. Michael's Church is one of the most important churches in Ottonic (Early-Romanesque) style. It is a double-choir basilica with two transepts and a square tower at each crossing. The west choir is emphasized by an ambulatory and a crypt. The ground plan of the building follows a geometrical conception, in which the square of the transept crossing in the ground plan constitutes the key measuring unit for the entire church. The square units are defined by the "double" alteration of columns and piers. There are 2 entrances on the each apse, and 4 entrances on the north and south side of the church.

Beside the choir and the cloister, the painted wooden ceiling (around 1230) is most famous of the Church's interior. It shows the genealogical tree of Jesus Christ. Bishop Bernward wanted to construct the pillars of the nave in the Niedersächsischer Stützenwechsel style, which means square pillars alternating with round ones. Above them, the wall closes with the clerestory, whose round arch windows attract the light from outside. Furthermore, light shines through the Gothic windows of the lower aisles beyond the arcade. Their ceilings are stone vaults.

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"I was recently in Hildesheim and have a picture of the altar piece with the dyptich. Can you tell me the artist and the title as well as age of the painting and also let me know how I might see what is inside when it is unfolded? Thank you for any help you can give. I love Hildesheim and hope to visit again someday. Marcia Moore Chico, Ca Thank you" (posted 01/07/2015)

Elfenbeindiptychon.1) The 1945 burned from little remains diptych was attached to its acquisition by the Berlin museums in 1904 inside the front cover of coming from St. Michaelis Stammheim Missal: http://www.inschriften.net/hildesheim/ inscription / nr / di058-0002.html # content
Answer provided by Horst Eidel on 01/08/2015
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Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately we can not answer these detailed questions for Michael's Church in Hildesheim. But the church has an extensive website: http://www.michaelis-gemeinde.de/ You may find some answers. Many greetings. .. Fam. Koch
Answer provided by Gabriela Koch on 01/08/2015
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"I am an university student of Japan and studying about St. Michael's Church, Hildesheim. First, I want to know the history of this church in medieval period. Also, I'd like to know why this church was devoted to Michael in medieval period. I'm looking forward to seeing your reply!" (posted 05/10/2017)

Bishop Bernward von Hildesheim had a chapel erected in 993 on the hill north of the Domburg in Hildesheim. He dedicated this chapel to the Holy Cross on the 10th of September, 996, from which he had a particle of Otto III. As a gift. In an undated testament, he donated several goods, including his own church in Burgstemmen, for the life of the clerics who had settled there. In the course of his episcopate, Bernward extended his foundation to a great Benedictine monastery and bequeathed to his entire possessions in a second will of November 1, 1019. A stone block from the south-western staircase tower with the number 1010 is one of twelve foundations for the abbey church. Bernward determined the western crypt of this church to be his grave and the place of constant prayer for him [2] and gave the site the name of the "corpse" Michael. The crypt was consecrated by him on the Michaelist Day (September 29). On the Michaelist Day of the year 1022, the church was consecrated. Bernward died on 20 November 1022 in the Michaeliskloster and was buried in the crypt. The consecration of the entire church took place on the Michaelist Day in 1033 by Bernward's successor Godehard. Excerpt from Wikipedia
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