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Katholische Franziskanerkirche Maria Himmelfahrt | Hachenburg

The Catholic church - a Baroque Franciscan chapel


As we have seen, all worldly business was well provided for in the city, but until the 18th century the

city had a bit of a problem with churches. Hachenburg possessed no parish church of its own for a

period of over 500 years, forcing it to turn for its religious needs to the Church of St. Bartholomew

in the neighbouring village of Altstadt. That church was consecrated as early as 1131. Even the construction

of the Chapel of St. Catherine in the 14th Century on the site of the present-day evangelical

Castle Church was not enough to alter the balance of churchly power. Even the fact that renowned bell

maker Tilmann, whose ornate bells still sound out all over the country, was a native of the city, was not

enough to help matters. It was not until the erection of the Catholic Parish Church of the Assumption in

the year 1734 over the ruins of a Franciscan collegiate church, was the spell broken.

The monk in the brown cowl over the main portal signals the building‘s connections with the old Franciscan

monastery. It represents the fi gure of St. Francis of Assisi. What is now the door most frequently

used for access by visitors was once the original entrance to the monastery.

Remodelling work done between 1907 and 1909 gave the church its modern size, as the church had

been previously too small for the celebration of Sunday Mass. The bell tower too dates from this time.

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You can reach us at:

Katholisches Pfarrhof
Salzgasse 11
57627 Hachenburg

Phone(0049) 2662 943510


Katholische Kirche (Foto: Domink Ketz, Quelle: TI Hachenburg) Ansicht vom Alten Markt (Foto: Domink Ketz, Quelle: TI Hachenburg)
Arrival by train - Anreiseformular