St. Lambertus Church, Düsseldorf
This is probably the oldest building still standing in Duesseldorf and thus, for me, by far the most interesting. I had to cut my visit to its interior short because an unexpected Mass began (I think it is highly disrespectful to wander around during formal worship in any religious place) but I still managed to have a good look around.
The present St Lambertus (a Roman Catholic church) stands on a site used for churches since well before the 1100s, the date of the first written records. The building you see today almost certainly dates, at least in part, from the late 1300s although it has, of course, been changed, enlarged, damaged and rebuilt many times over subsequent centuries....storm damage in 1606, damage from the nearby Power Tower exploding in 1634, the spire ravaged by fire in 1815 and the new spire built with unseasoned wood, resulting in a twist....and, of course, damage caused by Second World War bombings.
That twisted spire was such a feature of the old church that, when it was rebuilt after the war, the twist was deliberately re-created.
For a church which has endured so much damage, the interior of St Lambertus still feels remarkably 'old'. That impression is assisted by the number of older paintings and sculptures which are still inside (I imagine they were safely stored elsewhere during the war).
St Lambertus is definitely worth a visit.
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.