Christuskirche Plettenberg


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The Christuskirche is considered to be one of the oldest and most beautiful hall churches of the Sauerland from the 13th century. It was built by Count Engelbert von der Mark as bishop of Liège. The church was dedicated to St. Lambertus, who is said to have been pierced with javelins in 708 when he was bishop of Maastricht.

Christuskirche Plettenberg


Christuskirche Plettenberg

Kirchplatz 9

58840 Plettenberg

Telefon: 02391-2088



Therefore, it used to be called `Lambertuskirche`. The building once had five spires on the west tower, plus a crossing tower and the two choir towers that are still preserved today. The crossing tower and the corner towers of the west tower were demolished after the town fire of 1725. The late Romanesque style of the church served as a model for other hall churches in the Sauerland. The Protestant Christuskirche as a mix of architecture. The Christuskirche in Plettenberg combines two approaches of medieval architecture: It unites Westphalian and Rhenish style elements and is thus unique in the Märkischer Kreis.

The three naves of the hall church as well as the single-tower solution with the massive, unstructured tower in the west are typical of Westphalia-Sauerland, while the three-conch system as well as the two angled choir towers of the original four in the east are typical of the Rhineland. The former Lambertuskirche, which lies on a central square surrounded by half-timbered houses, was built in the second quarter of the 13th century. Even before that, in the 12th century, the west tower was built. The main conch in the east was replaced by a late Gothic choir in the 15th century after being destroyed - probably during the Soest feud in 1444. During a tour of the exterior, visitors should definitely direct their gaze to the quatrefoil window above the so-called bridal gate on the south side. The tympanum, which is also integrated on the south side above another portal and is typical for the local region, depicts the Nativity, the Crucifixion and the women at the tomb in an iconic manner and thus points to the architectural connection with the school building of the Hohne Church in Soest.

During a tour of the interior, the remarkable frescoes in the choir vault can be discovered, which show, for example, Christ as the judge of the world, Deesis.

Guided tours
can be booked at the parish office, phone 02391 2088

Main opening times:

Day From Until
Sunday 14:00 17:00
Monday 00:00 24:00
Tuesday 10:00 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 16:00
Thursday 10:00 16:00
Friday 10:00 16:00
Saturday 10:00 16:00

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