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The Collegiate Church

The church (now a Protestant parish church) is considered the most important late-Gothic hall church in southwest Germany.

The Collegiate Church is usually open every day and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. Many large and small events, as well as church services, are held within the old church walls.

Collegiate Church (Stiftskirche)

Historic and remarkable. You don't need to be an art or church historian to see that Kaiserslautern's Collegiate Church is something special. The side that faces Marktstrasse is particularly impressive.
In fact, it is considered to be the most important Gothic hall church in southwest Germany and is the birthplace of the Palatinate Church Union. It was here that the Lutherans and Calvinists in the Palatinate joined together in 1818 to form a united Protestant Church.

As it might be expected in Kaiserslautern, the historical roots of the Collegiate Church date back to Barbarossa and the Premonstratensian Order. In 1158, the Emperor called the religious community to his Palatinate city so that they could build a hospital and work as ministers in Kaiserslautern. On the site of today's Collegiate Church, the religious order first built a three-aisled Romanesque basilica. And from 1250/60 onwards, they built a new Gothic hall church, dedicated to St. Mary and St. Martin.
The abbey was dissolved by the order in 1511 and converted into a secular monastery, which only existed until 1565, but is still known by its name today.
The Collegiate Church was built on the walls of several preceding buildings. The oldest of these is a small sandstone chapel dating back to the 9th century.
The chancel, the oldest section of today's church, was completed at the end of the 13th century, while the nave – a tall Gothic hall building with narrow side aisles – was not added until the beginning of the 14th century. The two-storey windows are a special feature of the structure.

A marble monument by Professor Knoll in the entrance hall of the main portal commemorates the merger that formed the United Protestant Evangelical Christian Church, which was an important ecclesiopolitical development. It depicts figures including Johannes Calvin, Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchton, Ulrich Zwingli, Ulrich von Hutten and Franz von Sickingen.


Playing times of the glockenspiel: (Subject to change) every day at 9:31 a.m., 11:01 a.m., 12:31 p.m., 3:01 p.m., 4:31 p.m., 6:31 p.m. and 8:01 p.m.


Film about the Collegiate Church (German): www.pfalz-bewegt.de/pfalz-bewegt/stiftskirche-kaiserslautern.html

Further information about the Collegiate Church: www.kirchen-in-kl.de/startseite/

Audio file on the Collegiate Church (Stiftskirche):  https://kaiserslautern.tomis.mobi/en

Contact: Evangelische City-Kirchen-Arbeit, Stiftsstraße 2, 67655 Kaiserslautern, Germany, tel. +49 (0) 631 - 3625060

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Opening hours:

Currently (September 2020 - ??) we cannot provide any information regarding opening times. We ask for your understanding.

For visitors it is open from Wednesday to Monday from 03:00 to 05:00 p.m., furthermore tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m., thursdays from 05:00 to 07:00 p.m. and saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m..

Please note that due to organisational reasons the church might be closed.


The carillon chimes weekdays at 09:31 a.m., 11:01 a.m., 12:31 p.m., 03:01 p.m., 04:31 p.m., 06:31 p.m. and 08:01 p.m.. Subject to alterations.

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Stiftskirche

Geschichtsträchtig und bemerkenswert. Auch ohne Kunst- oder Kirchenhistoriker zu sein, sieht man der Kaiserslauterer Stiftskirche an, dass sie etwas Besonderes ist - vor allem Ihre "Schauseite" von der Marktstraße aus mit dem "Schönen Brunnen" davor, der 1571 erstmals erwähnt wurde, ist beeindruckend. Tatsächlich gilt sie als bedeutendste spätgotische Hallenkirche Südwestdeutschlands und ist zudem Geburtsstätte der "Pfälzischen Union", denn hier schlossen sich 1818 die Lutheraner und die Reformierten in der Pfalz zusammen.
Die geschichtlichen Wurzeln der Stiftskirche gehen - wie könnte es anders sein in Kaiserslautern - auf Barbarossa zurück, der an dieser Stelle ein Kloster errichten ließ. Nachdem dieses Prämonstratenser-Kloster 1511 aufgelöst worden war, entstand hier zunächst ein weltliches Stift, das zwar nur bis 1565 existierte, doch bis heute noch im Namen weiter existiert.
Die Stiftskirche entstand auf den Mauern eines Vorgängerbaues. Mit dem Chor wurde der älteste Bauabschnitt Ende des 13. Jahrhunderts fertig gestellt, während das Langhaus - ein hochgotischer Hallenbau mit schmalen Seitenschiffen - erst zu Beginn des 14. Jahrhunderts angebaut wurde. Eine bauliche Besonderheit sind die zweigeschossigen Fenster.
An den kirchenpolitisch bedeutsamen Zusammenschluss zur "Vereinigten protestantisch-evangelisch-christlichen Kirche" erinnert ein Marmordenkmal von Professor Knoll in der Eingangshalle des Hauptportals: Es zeigt unter anderem Johannes Calvin, Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchton, Ulrich Zwingli, Ulrich von Hutten und Franz von Sickingen.

Spielzeiten des Glockenspiels: (vorbehaltlich Änderungen)
täglich um 09:31, 11:01, 12:31, 15:01, 16:31, 18:31 und 20:01 Uhr.

Film zur Stiftskirche: www.pfalz-bewegt.de/pfalz-bewegt/stiftskirche-kaiserslautern.html

Weitere Informationen zur Stiftskirche: www.kirchen-in-kl.de/startseite/

Audiobeitrag Stiftskirche: https://kaiserslautern.tomis.mobi/

Kontakt: Evangelische City-Kirchen-Arbeit, Stiftsstraße 2, 67655 Kaiserslautern, Tel. 0631 - 3625060


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49.444560, 7.771030
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49°26'40.4"N 7°46'15.7"E
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Collegiate Church

Stiftsstraße 2
67655 Kaiserslautern
Phone (0049) 631 3625060 Fax (0049) 631 65964

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