St. Sebaldus Church

St. Sebaldus Church, Nuremberg

St. Sebaldus Church
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Nuremberg's oldest city parish church was built around 1215 as a three-aisled Late Romanesque pillared basilica with two choirs. As early as 1309 the original side aisles were widened and altered in the Gothic style. Destroyed during World War II like the rest of the city, St. Sebald was reconstructed in 1957 and reconsecrated. The reliquary shrine (ca. 1397) in the tomb cast in bronze by Peter Vischer and his sons (1508-1519) is prominently located in the interior of the church. The bones of Nuremberg patron saint Sebaldus are presumed to rest in the silver embossed “casket”.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Altstadt - St. Sebald
How to get there
  • Lorenzkirche • 7 min walk
  • Weißer Turm • 10 min walk
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,772 contributions
Church of the Patron Saint
Dec 2019 • Solo
This church is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Nuremberg and is worth visiting. It has some beautiful stained glass inside.
Written November 7, 2020
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Nicholas N
Copenhagen, Denmark722 contributions
It's a church
Jul 2020
The church is nothing special except for the pipe organ. The entrance is free so you might as well go in and take a look.
Written July 24, 2020
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany10,786 contributions
St Sebaldus Church
Jul 2020 • Solo
Amazed by this Church! Lots of paintings and frames inside. Very beautiful. One of the best interior I've seen in Germany so far
Written July 3, 2020
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand16,869 contributions
Back View
Dec 2019
The entrance of the church is facing away from the main road. We stopped by a place for lunch nearby and I had a quick look at the front of the church. It has a really nice crucifix out front. There are also two bell towers with doors under each. I didn't have time to have a look inside but the outside was quite nice. The back of it was also interesting with a carving that is visible from the main road.
Written April 21, 2020
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Shelleyash
San Diego, CA1,836 contributions
Stop by when you are in Old Town, beautiful church
Mar 2020 • Family
There are three large churches in Old Town Nürnberg and I think this one gets over looked. It is a only a few minutes away from the Frauenkirche and market. It’s beautiful with stained glass windows and painting.
Written March 17, 2020
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA583 contributions
Historic Church in City Center
Dec 2019
This was one of several historic churches we visited in Bavaria, and like the others, it was large and and impressive on the inside. We can't recall anything in particular that stood out to us, but that's also not really an issue. We mostly enjoyed viewing all of the church and all of its features, while enjoying a place to briefly sit and stay warm and appreciate the surrounding culture.
Written January 25, 2020
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Jae L
Long Island, NY5,384 contributions
Imposing Gothic Medieval Church in Nuremberg’s Main Market (Hauptmark) Area
Sep 2019
This church was named after Nuremberg’s patron saint Sebaldus. Like many medieval churches in European cities, Sebalduskirche (St. Sebaldus Church) is a Gothic cathedral with awe generating feel with high ceiling and imposing series of heavy columns. When I visited the church last September, I was impressed with unusually simple alter area with beautiful stained glasses in the background. There were additional stained glasses on the side of the nave as well. The pipe organ on the side of the nave was a rather simple one, and yet it had been played by many well known organists, including Johann Pachelbel who is well known as the composer of “Canon in D major”. It is a historically important church worth visiting whil in Nuremberg.
Written January 20, 2020
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sabrrota
Milan, Italy957 contributions
Capodanno 2020
Dec 2019
Sebaldskirche the most beautiful in the city, magnificent and imposing. It is found while climbing towards the castle near the market square.
Written January 11, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China133,916 contributions
One of the most important churches in Nuremburg
Dec 2019
Sebalduskirche (St. Sebaldus Church) is a medieval church in the St. Sebald District in the Old Town. Dedicated to the Patron Saint of Nuremburg, this is one of the most important churches in the city. Opening hours are 9.30am to 6pm daily. There is a suggested donation of 2 euro per person for those who visit.

The church history dates back to at least the early 13th-century when construction began on a Romanesque style building. Gothic additions to the church were made in the 14th and 15th centuries. Unfortunately, St. Sebaldus was heavily damaged during WWII bombing and had to be restored.

We enjoyed the front towers of St. Sebaldus as well as the Gothic exterior features on the north side of the church. Within, you find tall and narrow nave with ceiling vaults. The high altar is attractive, as are the artworks, sculptures and stained glass windows which can be viewed within the church interior.

A particularly interesting find is the shrine of St. Sebaldus. This is a delicately created monument, the work of Peter Vischer the Elder and his sons (1508-1519). This is worth finding and spending a few minutes to view and enjoy.

Overall, St. Sebaldus is a must-see attraction in Nuremburg if you enjoy seeing old churches and are a fan of history and architecture. It also makes a good complement to St. Lorenz south of the Pegnitz River as well, another church that you should make time for to see.
Written January 3, 2020
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FeltSuit
Rumford, Rhode Island, United States250 contributions
Grander Interior Than St. Lorenz
Dec 2019
St. Lorenz is the primary church to visit in Nuremberg but I would say that this church has a more imposing interior with more interesting art and statuary. St. Lorenz has the best facade, no question, but don't miss a trip inside this impressive space. I came in to get out of the rain and it was like a freezer in here. Probably more welcome on a hot summer day.
Written December 25, 2019
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