Heidenturm church in Dittelsheim-Hessloch, © Robert Dieth© Robert Dieth

Orient in Rheinhessen

Heidenturmkirchen in Rheinhessen

Heidenturmkirchen are a real rarity in Germany, lucky that four of them are in Rheinhessen. Characteristic of the churches are, as the name implies, their towers, which have something oriental about them. From the outside, the churches are definitely an eye-catcher, but worth a visit to the interior. The lavish decorations and decorations are as much a highlight as the rare towers. In addition, the churches are all in close proximity to each other, so you can all visit on a day trip.

  The Lutheran Church of St. Boniface is located on the outskirts of Alsheim, surrounded by an atmospheric cemetery park. It is the smallest of the four churches and can hardly be seen from the street. Surrounded by old trees and lovingly planted flowerbeds, it is only visible to those who dare to walk through the wrought-iron gate. The "Heidenturm" itself has recently been renovated and is open to the public all around. For a visit to the church itself, a key can be obtained from the rectory. The Alsheimer Heidenturmkirche is...

  The two towered western facade of the pagan tower church in Guntersblum is really impressive. It's freestanding and has a generous forecourt so the whole building is a testimony of a confident village which got to have prosperity through the trade of wine. The northern tower comes from the time of the first crusade and because of the examination of the wooden beams of the church it's safe to say that the trees that it's made of were cut down in the early summer of 1101. The southern tower was rebuilt in 1842 on the same position...

The monastery and convent of St. Paulus, built from 1002 onwards, is located in the centre of Worms and is a place of peace and quiet in this lively city. The collegiate church was originally built as a three-nave Romanesque pillar basilica, and the stone dome helmets of the two pagan towers give the church its special appearance. Unlike other collegiate churches, the choir is closed on five sides in good late Romanesque forms. The west building has an octagonal dome (13th century) and is flanked by two older stone-covered round towers...

© Karin Drda-Kühn

Not to be overlooked is the Evangelical Church Dittelsheim-Hessloch, located in Dittelsheim on the main road and closely integrated into the village development. The "Heidenturm" determines the streetscape and can be seen from afar; It is considered the most beautiful tower of the four pagan churches and is dated between the years 1200 and 1250. The baroque church building was rebuilt in 1730. From the churchyard around the church is still the old gatehouse with the pointed archway of stately blocks, which welcomes visitors and of course...

In the footsteps of the Orient

Visiting the Heidenturmkirchen

We visited the four Rheinhessen Heidurm churches for you and came across some exciting stories. Learn about the various theories of evolution of the towers in our blog and take a look inside the churches with us.

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