Church of the Holy Spirit

Unit of faith and knowledge

Quelle: Altstadtgemeinde
Opening hours  

From Monday to Saturday: 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday and holiday: 12.30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

History of the Church of the Holy Spirit

Quelle: Dr. Manfred Schneider
The Church of the Holy Spirit is the main Protestant church of Heidelberg, and was built between 1398 and 1441. The Holy Spirit is the power and the love of God alive in the world.

Uniting faith and knowledge, the University of Heidelberg was established in 1386 in the church that preceded this building. Until removed by thieves in 1623, the Palatine Library (Bibliotheca Palatina), one of the biggest in Western Europe, was held in the galleries.

The Princes of the Palatine are buried here near the altar.

Quelle: Dr. Manfred Schneider
This church is the birthplace of the 1563 Heidelberg Catechism, which still serves as the most important Confession of the world-wide Reformed Church. The first question and answer is: “What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I am not my own, but belong — body and soul, in life and in death — to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.“

Quelle: Dr. Manfred Schneider
Different denominations squabbled over the church into the 20th century. For two hundred years, it was divided by a wall across the middle into Roman Catholic and Protestant areas, the wall being finally removed under Pastor Hermann Maas in 1936

The best-known window in this church is the “Physics Window” designed by Johannes Schreiter in 1984. From E=mc² to the atomic bomb: The Physics Window links the famous mass–energy equivalence of Albert Einstein to the date of Hiroshima: 6.8.1945.

Bibliotheca Palatina
Aktueller Monatsplan


Jahresthema Citykirche
Virtueller Rundgang