St. Lambertus Church, Düsseldorf
The St Lambertus church with its 14th century brick architecture and grand, tall and twisting spire (reminiscent of the Parish Church of Chesterfield in England) is a real icon for the city. The foundation of the church dates back to 1380, when the city of Düsseldorf was named the capital of the Duchy of Berg and a period of rapid development ensued. The tall spire dominated the city for a number of centuries, but now finds itself dwarfed by Düsseldorf's many skyscrapers. Despite its lack of physical stature it still stands out clearly from the opposite bank of the Rhein.
In the background of the Burgplatz you can see this peculiar church tower. It belongs to the St. Lambertus church. After a closer look you will notice that the spire is all twisted. It is said that this is a result of using wet wood and when it dries it gets this kind of shape.
St Lamberts was built in the 1200s and was reconstructed in 1394. It is famous for its twisted spire... according to legend, the tower was built while the wood was wet and as the wood dried, its shape changed. Look for this great, old church near the marktplatz, along the Rhine River.
I read that the roof of this church in the old town is crooked because it was built with wood that wasn't dry enough yet. I don't know how much of that story is true but it looks funny, anyway!
I have also heard that the tower will be straight again as soon as a virgin gets married in the church....
St. Lambertus church can you see by the Rhaine promenade, it is close to the river Rhine. It is the basilic and was built in 14 century. On the facade there is a big sculpture of of the Crucifixion.
Go inside and admire the religious relics, among which the bones of St. Apollinaris, the patron saint of Duesseldorf and an original splinter (they say) from Christ's cross.