St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)

St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)

St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)
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This church is where Germany's kings and emperors have been crowned since 1253.
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Neighborhood: Innenstadt
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  • Dom / Römer (Cathedral / city hall) • 3 min walk
  • Hauptwache • 5 min walk
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rama1
Melbourne, Australia1,167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Reading from the (very good) information boards, this place is central to what is Germany today.

It was the site of the first national assembly in 1849.

Nowadays it is used for activities and is no longer a church.

A visit upstairs is worth it alone to marvel at the foor and organ pipes.
Written July 18, 2022
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Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore1,025 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I had never intended to visit church. But the church is just across Romerberg so it was convenient. There is nothing much to see inside as it just tells you how the church was reconstructed.

This is not a must do but given it’s convenient location, you can consider popping by when you are at Romerberg.
Written June 3, 2023
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye194,858 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Just in the heart of the city,at the beginning of main shopping street,
very good and well maintained after renovation,interesting and lovely construction with very special stones,not too much to see inside but still worth to see it.
Written February 14, 2015
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movieglue
North Wildwood, NJ1,051 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
St. Paul’s church is no longer a church, but rather a history museum and gathering place. The displays focus on the various German governments over the last 2 centuries. About half of displays were in English. Went upstairs to the hall where JFK gave a speech in ’63 months before his death. Nothing much to see. The stage is closed off, otherwise it would have been fun to pose at the podium. Seems like a lot of school groups go there – I saw two school groups tour during my one-hour visit to the museum.
Written April 13, 2013
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
St. Paul's Church is easy to find, half a block northwest of Romerplaz, the central square in Frankfurt altstadt. Its round shape and brick exterior make it architecturally unusual, and caught my eye while walking near the tourist information center, Romer. I circled the building, then admired a four-story obelisk commemorating German unification (Denkmal der Deutschen Revolution, erected 1903). Outdoor cafes were set up under the linden trees in Paulsplaz on the east side of the church, a pleasant place to stop for coffee and a pastry. After refreshment, I entered the building, which was just as interesting inside as out. On the ground floor, a huge mural in heroic style commemorates the first meeting of the German National Assembly on May 18, 1848. This elected assembly created a united German state from dozens of smaller states and principalities. This group drafted a constitution until (unfortunately) disbanded by Prussia and the Austrian empire in 1849. Using an American analogy, St. Paul's Church is the German "Independence Hall' we so revere in Philadelphia. Historic exhibits describing the struggle for German unification appeared on the outer edge of the ground floor. Upstairs is a large oval assembly area with a lofty ceiling. Light poured through the multi-tiered windows; a speakers platform allowed all assembled to hear and debate. An organ loft reminds the visitor of the building's origin as a Protestant church. Unfortunately, the building was destroyed in 1944 during Allied bombing raids. It was one of the first buildings to be restored after the war, as a symbol of German freedom. The building is occasionally used for displays or events, most notably the annual award of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade during the Frankfurt Book Fair (mid October). The hall is open to the public daily 10-5, with no admission charge. There is a public toilet nearby in Paulsplatz.
Written July 27, 2018
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Trek-Always
Alpharetta, GA2,524 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
This is the place where during civil unrest in 1848 the National Assembly met and drafted the first German Constitution. This eventually led to a united Germany in 1871.

Bombs destroyed it in 1944. This was one of the first buildings rebuilt because the German people wanted to communicate their desire for freedom and to be democratic, and no longer fascist.

Outside there are remembrances of people who contributed to the German nation including the first president Theodor Heuss, and JFK who spoke here in 1963.

This site is best visited with a guide to explain the history and politics surrounding it. The central point of this visit is not about the Church or its religion.

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Written June 17, 2015
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Jibin mathews
Bavaria, Germany1,058 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
This is one of the most important historical landmarks in Germany. It was the seat of the German parliament around 1849 and tried to develop a constituion for a united Germany.symbol of a democratic move...Leaders like John F kennedy etc have given speeches at the church.Today it is not a church but a historical site and also a venue for important prize distributions.
Nothing much to see inside i would say, but if you are interested in history , you should surely visit. There are information desks inside where you can learn more about the church and its role in the country.
Tram stop directly outside and it is at walking distance from romaner,cathedral and the bridges.
Written April 7, 2015
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Caspar v
Maastricht, The Netherlands386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
What Philadelphia is to the USA , Frankfurt and the Paulskirche is to Germany. Here people from the different regios came together in 1848-1849 to create a German constitution and to bring German unification. Unfortunately they did not succeed, as the king of Prussia rejected the German crown that was offered to him.
The small exhibition downstairs is interesting, but do go upstairs to sit there, where the parliament was. It is impressive.
Written November 4, 2012
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Tim K
Canberra, Australia77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Business
Beautiful building in beautiful location. It was late evening and the building was closed, so not able to view inside. Still an impressive structure - and an important location for the history of Germany.
Written April 16, 2019
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Lord_Dehf
Gothenburg, Sweden235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
A very small free museum in the middle of the city. Nice place to learn about the first German republic if you have half an hour to spare.
Written November 30, 2015
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