The Church of Our Lady, Koblenz
The nave of Liebfrauenkirche or the Church of Our Lady was built in Gothic style in the 13th century, whilst the choir was added in the 15th century.The Romanesque towers however, were not added till the 17th century. The bells of Liebfrauenkirche are notable especially the "Barbara" bell (all bells are christened and given a name) which rings to announce the old time curfew at 10pm every night. It is also known as the 'revellers" bell because after the curfew is rung the bells of the church do not ring again till early the following day.
located near the rathaus is the romanesque liebfrauen kirche (church of our lady). the church was originally built in the 12th century and it's towers added in 1693. the church was destroyed during WWII and then rebuilt after the war.
Liebfrauenkirche -- the Church of Our Lady -- sits in the heart of Koblenz's Old City. This ancient structure was built in the 1200s on a foundation built by the Romans. The original towers were built around 1693, but were destroyed and reconstructed after World War II.
The Romanesque Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was started to build in 1180 and was finished around 1260. The altar dates back to the year. The tower was built in 1693 but destroyed during World War Two. Today you cansee a copy of it.
If you only go in to one church in Koblenz, maybe it should be this one. The Florins Church is quite empty, and the older St. Kastor's church not as elaborate. The vaulted ceilings of this Church of Our Lady are beautiful. If you are truly interested in the architectre of this church, you can buy a little pamphlet inside the church when you walk inside--they are to be found on the left hand side. You need only leave a donation. Photos using flash are not allowed.
As mentioned before, the Church of Our Lady is a symbol of the city. Originally built in the 12th century, this rendition of the Virgin only dates back to the year 1701. She is the patroness of the city and you will find her all over the city in different places, on different buildings. This church, like most in koblenz, is a Catholic church.
The Church of Our Lady, with its typical baroque onion domes, is 1 of the 3 main symbols of the old city of Koblenz. Originally built in the 12th century, it was also reconstructed after the destruction by French troops under Louis XIV. The chuch sits atop the highest point of the inner city, 30 feet above the river. Time and time again this former Roman city was destroyed and rebuilt--and it was always rebuilt atop the rubble. Thus this church actually sits on top of the remains of an old Roman Temple, which has been photographed, documented, and covered over.
The church originally had steeples, but they were burnt down by the French troops. The steeples were then replaced by the onion domes typical of the Baroque period. These onion domes became a symbol of the city and were destroyed during the bombing of WWII. When they were rebuilt in 1952/1953, it was very symbolic of hope for the locals, as it meant that the city was almost completely rebuilt.
There is a room between the 2 towers where the watchman used to sit. He would ring the bells in case of danger or in case of fire during medieval times. He would also sound the bells every night at 10 PM to signify that the city gates of the city wall were closing and that it was time to come back inside. This tradition has survived to present times, as the sounding of the bells at 10:00 PM means it is time to come home for the children.
This church is 1 of the main symbols of Koblenz!
So that was Koblenz. Quite a lovely town with its two rivers, the Deutsches Eck, castles (we didn't visit), pretty old town, lots and lots of shops and cafes... I could have spent a lot longer here - it would be a great base for going down the Rhine and the Mosel.
Basilica with five axes, built between 1180 and 1250. The gothic choir dates from 1404, the baroque tower from 1693.