Jesuitenkirche

Jesuitenkirche, Heidelberg: Hours, Address, Jesuitenkirche Reviews: 4.5/5

Jesuitenkirche
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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graeme A
kuala lumpur277 contributions
Dec 2019
Walked around Heidelberg after our dinner and came across the Jesuitenkirche. Another really beautiful church in Europe. There is much to see and the Christmas display was on view. The organ was splendorous against the white interior. The priest was very helpful.
Written February 14, 2020
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pinky333
Sydney94 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Imagine wanting to applaud the choir when they finished a hymn, or the organist when the service was over. Imagine being accompanied by Bach and Mozart? On Christmas Day the church was packed to the brim, the service intimate despite the numbers. The interior is painted white and is light on the soul.
Written January 1, 2018
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Nancy V
Thessaloniki, Greece323 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
The Jesuits church is lovely and free for everyone, however what we loved about it was the chance to rest in the shadow after walking under the hot sun for 2.30 hours. You could say Jesus saved us from sunburn!
Written April 11, 2018
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Ray R
Edinburgh, IN151 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
Made this one of our stops strolling through Heidelberg.

We stopped at the tourist center to get an idea of what to see in Heidelberg. The map was only 1.5 Euro and had brief descriptions of each site listed. The church is not on the main thoroughfare so I'm very happy we had the map to lead us to it.

The outside of the church is beautiful and amazing! Once we stepped inside, we were even more amazed. There is no entrance fee to enter the church. I was surprised at how bright this church was on the inside, since so many of the churches are very dark. The architecture, windows, altar, everything was a pleasure to behold.
Written December 14, 2014
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,655 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Tucked in a side street at Schulgasse and Merianstrasse, the Jesuit Church is worth the time to find. While the red sandstone facade resembles its mother church in Rome, the white interior is refreshing for its simple elegance. Upon entering, I immediately noticed the number of lit chandeliers sparkling above the nave leading my eye to the 3 very tall frescoes at the front of the church. They made a nice composition with 2 frescoes over the side altars and one over the main altar. These were painted in the mid1800s. The gilded cornices of the white fluted pilasters, which covered the columns on the nave, gleamed in the natural light as the church also had many large windows besides the crystal chandeliers. The pulpit was ornate and stood out with its gild decor. The barrel ceiling had no ribbing so was not a feature. The dark bench seating, placed in the nave, stood out against the white walls. Gone from the side aisles were those heavy dark altars often seen in other Catholic churches. instead, in one side aisle was a pieta sculpture done in 1905. A notice on an aisle wall informed visitors that the tombstone for Fredrick I was in the crypt -use the left side entrance of the church. The Treasury of the church holds 17th to 19th century clerical art and gold and silver religious objects which may be of interest to some visitors with time to spend in Heidelberg.

The sculpture work on the exterior of this red sandstone church is understated. Three large statues representing important people tin the Jesuit faith like Loyola and a Jesuit martyred missionary are placed over the 3 doors. The other smaller statues on the roof line represent Christian virtues like love, faith, hope. The church is difficult to photograph because it is hemmed into its location with the adjoining Jesuit College buildings, now university administration and school of philosophy buildings.

The history behind the church is just as interesting as a visit inside. The reason for Jesuits building this church in Heidelberg in the early 18th century was to convert its Protestant citizens to catholicism. Although a good portion of the church was finished by the mid-1700s, the interior of the Heiliggeistkirche remained divided until 1936 so that Catholics and Protestants services could be held simultaneously.

The Jesuitkirche is a working church - the main Catholic Church in Heidelberg. When services are held the opportunity to take photos and to wander around is limited. Visitors might ask themselves, "How well does it compare to its religious competitor, the Heilliggeist kirche?"
Written June 25, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Jesuitenkirche, a baroque building dating to the 18th century and belonging to the catholic community. The interior was quite unadorned and white but featured a nicely decorated main altar. Through a door on the side a small museum featuring sacred art was also a nice addition and for free.
Written February 1, 2019
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GregB052148
Tarpon Springs, FL642 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
What a contrast to almost all the churches you see in europe. Most are somewhat dark and dreary. This one was almost all white and very bright inside. A nice change.
Written September 13, 2018
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Debra B
Tucson, AZ186 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
The white interior of this building is impressive. Huge paintings are fascinating. Carving is exquisite in its detail. If you get bored--impossible!--go outside for more sculptures and rose-colored stone.
Written August 16, 2018
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Stephanie T
San Diego, CA50 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
Visited this church and was amazed at the Baroque architecture and design of the place.
It is mostly white on the inside, and quite modest with decor. It has a lovely atmosphere and the outside facade is beautiful as well. Nice church to visit while in Heidelberg.
Written August 13, 2018
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Gidons51
Herzliya, Israel4,224 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
A nice big Catholic Church . Was built in 1712-1759 , Baroque architecture style . We enjoyed a great concert and choirs which was great . Look at their program . Tickets from 8.5 Euros and up according to place .
Written July 21, 2018
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