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Liebfrauen, Frankfurt

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Liebfrauenkirche "Our Lady", literally "Dear Lady" is a Gothic-style Catholic parish church, located in the centre of Frankfurt, Germany It was built in several phases from the 14th to the 16th century and serves today as a monastery church Close to the shopping district, it serves as a place of rest even to visitors who are not religious With an organ completed in 2008, it is a major venue for church music events


  • 1 History
  • 2 Church music
  • 3 Spiritual life
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Window The tympanum of the Adoration

The first sacred building on the site began as a family chapel, which was made in 1325 a collegiate church by the archbishop of Mainz, Matthias von Buchegg de, dedicated to Mary "Unsere liebe Frau" It was the third collegiate in the town, after that of St Bartholomew attached to the Frankfurt Cathedral, and St Leonhard de, founded in 1317

In 1344 the chapel was expanded to a Gothic hall church of three naves A document about its consecration mentions two altars From 1415, the south facade was transformed, including a tympanum showing the Adoration of the Magi made by the workshop of Madern Gerthener In 1453 the town council permitted to change an adjacent tower of the fortication to a bell tower From 1506 to 1509 the church was once more expanded, by Jörg Östereicher The church remained Catholic, part of the Diocese of Mainz, even when the Protestant reformation was introduced in Frankfurt in 1533

The church was partly changed to Baroque style from 1763 to 1771 The helmet of the tower was replaced by the one still seen today The interior was changed almost completely, installing five new altars and a chancel from Mainz workshops An organ by the Frankfurt organ builder Ernst Weegmann was built at around the same time, installed in 1763

With the secularisation in 1803, Frankfurt became the owner of the church Friedrich Rumpf built in 1824 a new entrance protecting the tympanum A Walcker organ was installed in 1864 From 1923, Capuchins became the spiritual leaders, who built a convent north of the church The church was completely destroyed by bombing in World War II in 1944 Only fragments of the high altar and statue of Mary could be saved The church was restored in the 1950s, but in a simplified form, replacing the Gothic vaults by wooden ceilings

Church music

A new organ was completed in 2008 by Karl Göckel de, with 57 stops 3,370 pipes on three manuals and pedal It is especially suited to play both works of the German Romantic period as the French symphonic style It can be played also from a second keyboard close to the altar, serving music with choir

Peter Reulein has been the church musician from 2000, directing a vocal ensemble, the choir Collegium Vocale, the orchestra Collegium Musicum and the youth choir Capuccinis

Spiritual life

Interior court

Until 31 December 2013, the church was both a monastery church of Capuchin monks and a parish church Then it became a "Kloster- und Rektoratskirche" without its own parish" It has developed to a spiritual centre of the Rhein-Main Region It is open daily from 6 am to around 10 pm The Capuchins offer breakfast to homeless people

Regular services are every day three masses, lauds morning praise, a prayer at noon 10 minutes of music, spiritual impulse and prayer and vespers evening praise, with additional masses on the weekend


  1. ^ a b c Das Werden von Liebfrauenkirche und -kloster in German Liebfrauen Retrieved 12 November 2016 
  2. ^ a b Luippold, Dieter, ed 2011 Liebfrauenkirche Frankfurt am Main in German Lonely Planet p 175 
  3. ^ a b "Liebfrauenkirche" in German Kulturdenkmäler in Hessen Retrieved 20 October 2016 
  4. ^ "Liebfrauenkirche und Liebfrauenberg / Church of Our Lady, Our Lady's Square" altfrankfurtcom Retrieved 24 October 2016 
  5. ^ a b c Die Göckel Orgel / Mehr als 3000 Pfeifen PDF in German Liebfrauen 2008 
  6. ^ Orgel in German Liebfrauen 2008 Retrieved 27 October 2016 
  7. ^ "Peter Reulein" in German Liebfrauen Frankfurt 2016 Retrieved 19 October 2016 
  8. ^ Goedereis, Christophorus "Die Liebfrauenkirche hat seit 1 Januar 2014 einen neuen kirchenrechtlichen Status" in German Liebfrauen Retrieved 14 January 2014 
  9. ^ Wir sind für Sie da in German Liebfrauen Retrieved 12 November 2016 
  10. ^ "Der Franziskustreff – ein Frühstückstreff für arme und wohnungslose Menschen im Kapuzinerkloster Liebfrauen" in German franziskustreffde Retrieved 12 November 2016 
  11. ^ Gottesdienste in der Liebfrauenkirche in German Liebfrauen Retrieved 12 November 2016 

External links

  • Official website
  • Liebfrauen Website of the Frankfurt Cathedral
  • Die Orgel in German Fa Karl Göckel, Münstersches Orgelmagazin
  • Festschrift Inauguration of the Göckel organ on 9 August 2008
  • Die Baudenkmäler in Frankfurt am Main Band 1: Kirchenbauten — Frankfurt a M, 1896 / Die Liebfrauen-Kirche Heidelberger historische Bestände – digital
  • Wandbrunnen an der Liebfrauenkirche Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Frankfurt
  • Liebfrauenkirche, Liebfrauenberg 56, Innenrenovierung, Objektplanung competitionlinecom 2015
  • Liebfrauenkirche: Our Lady’s Church, Has A Long History… kiwidutchwordpresscom 2015
  • Skulpturen an der Liebfrauenkirche / Sculptures at the Church of Our Lady

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