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

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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.

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Impressive is the two-towered west facade of the Heidenturmkirche in Guntersblum. Standing free, with a spacious forecourt, the entire ensemble testifies of a self-assured village, which had brought it through the wine trade to influence and prosperity. The north tower dates back to the time of the First Crusade; Based on studies of beams in the Heidenturm, it is certain that the tree from which the beams used in the north tower were made felled in the early summer of 1101. The south tower was rebuilt in 1842 on the site of the 1702...

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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...

Evangelische Kirche St. Bonifatius

The Protestant church of St. Boniface is located on the edge of Alsheim, surrounded by an atmospheric cemetery park. It is the smallest of the four churches, barely visible from the street. Surrounded by old trees and lovingly planted flower borders, it only becomes visible to those who dare to walk through the wrought-iron gate. The "Heidenturm" itself was recently renovated, it is outside around freely accessible to visit. For a visit to the church itself, a key can be taken in the rectory. The Alsheimer Heidenturmkirche is...

Stift, Kloster St. Paulus

The monastery and convent of St. Paul, built in the year 1002, is located in the middle of Worms and is a place of rest in the lively city. The collegiate church was originally built as a three-nave Romanesque pillar basilica, and the stone domed helmets of the two pagan towers give the church its special look. The choir is in contrast to other collegiate churches five-sided closed in good late Romanesque forms. The western building has an octagonal dome (13th century) and is flanked by two older stone-covered round towers (oriental...

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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