Alte Kirche St. Pankratius und Sebastian


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The Old Church is a matter of the heart for many Warsteiner: The almost 800-year-old building offers an ornate interior and from the church square the view sweeps breathtakingly into the distance. The church sits enthroned on a ridge above the town.

Alte Kirche

Ansicht mit Tor


Alte Kirche St. Pankratius und Sebastian


59581 Warstein

Telefon: +49 2902 2213



The Catholic Filial Church of St. Pancras and Sebastian was first mentioned in a document in 1237. It is a three-bay, early Gothic hall church, which was built on a hill and is visible from afar. The west tower was built in the second half of the 13th century. The church rests on heavy round pillars, which probably originally had a cross shape and were modified in the Baroque period. The walls contain portals with blinds and ogival windows. The interior of the church has extensive Baroque furnishings, which probably originated at the end of the 17th century. Treasures are three altars from the 17th century and a rococo pulpit from the 18th century.

The church's massive tower also served as a defense tower in the Middle Ages: approaching enemies could be recognized early and countermeasures could be taken. During the 30-year war, the tower served as the last Bollwerk, when on May 12, 1646, Swedish troops destroyed half the town and slew numerous citizens. As it was handed down, the mayor of Warstein at that time jumped down from the high tower window onto the church forecourt. However, the Warstein fire department was able to prevent injuries to the head of the town by using a jumping cloth. Exactly 350 years later, in 1996, the defensive battle was reenacted with media effect.

The imposing walls are definitely worth a visit, and there is also a children's playground behind the church. Visits are possible on request.

(Photos:, Lettmann)


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