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St. Jakobskirche, Rothenburg

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Religious Site · Architectural Building
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Finally finished in 1484, St. Jakobskirche took more than 150 years to build. This church contains the famous Holy Blood altarpiece of woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider, with images of the Last Supper and other important biblical icons. Some stained-glass windows here date back to 1350, and the organ is impressive. Snag an audio guide for an explanation of the art and history or for a spiritual tour discussing the passion of Christ. This church has a connection as far west as Galicia, Spain, via the medieval pilgrimage route called the Way of St. James. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to St. Jakobskirche by using our Rothenburg trip planner.
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  • Really a special place. The Altar of the Holy Blood is a masterpiece for sure. The altar in the main church is also very interesting, but Holy Blood altar in the organ loft is special. We were... 
    Really a special place. The Altar of the Holy Blood is a masterpiece for sure. The altar in the main church is also very interesting, but Holy Blood altar in the organ loft is special. We were...  more »
  • I love these old church. So much history and art. Don’t skip this. Be sure to check the paintings on the alter panels. The art is unbelievable. 
    I love these old church. So much history and art. Don’t skip this. Be sure to check the paintings on the alter panels. The art is unbelievable.  more »
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  • A beautiful church full of history. We paid a few euros to enter and received a pamphlet with some information on it’s history. We did not experience any difficulty with communication upon entering. I believe they do offer tours but we did not attend. You can take the stairs to the second floor to see the Altar of the Holy Blood. It is recommended that you wear a mask but the majority of the visitors were not wearing one.
  • Just go for a visit if you are in Rothenburg. Absolutely stunning Gothic architecture. Came around such a remarkably beautiful church after a long time. Although they do charge for the entrance but it is completely worth it, considering the information they provide (if you are interested in knowing the history). The paintings over the glass windows feel like almost alive and the Altar of the Holy Blood was something I could not stop looking at. The scriptures carved out of wood are just something to admire at. Felt completely at peace as I sat and prayed here.

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