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St. Bernward's Church, Hildesheim

St. Bernward's Church, Hildesheim
St. Bernward's Church, Hildesheim

St. Bernward's Church is a catholic church in the city of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony, Germany. The name refers to the bishop Bernward of Hildesheim (960-1022) who was canonized by Pope Celestine III.

History

The church was built by the architect Richard Herzig from Hanover in 1905–1907, in a neoromanesque style. From 1895–1913, Herzig built 43 churches of this style in the diocese of Hildesheim. When St. Bernward's Church was built, the romanesque westwork of St. Andrew's Church, Hildesheim and the Cathedral of Hildesheim served as examples. The church was consecrated by bishop Adolf Bertram on 3 November 1907.

During World War II, St. Bernward's Church was heavily damaged by bombs on 22 February 1945 The windows were destroyed, the vault and the roof collapsed. The building could no longer be used for services. Then on 22 March 1945 the church was completely destroyed by incendiary bombs. Only a part of the tower and some walls remained standing.

The reconstruction was started as early as November 1948. When it was completed, St. Bernward's Church, the first destroyed church of Hildesheim to be rebuilt, was consecrated by bishop Joseph Godehard Machens in 1949.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bernward%27s_Church,_Hildesheim ]

Address: Hildesheim
Tags: St. Bernward's Church, Hildesheim, catholic church


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