Impressive artistic diversity

The parish church of St. Jacobs is famous for its art objects

The oldest representation of Rothenburg is located in the parish church of St. Jacob (built 1311-1485). It is exactly at the back of the main altar, the so-called Twelve Messenger Altar by Friedrich Herlin (1466), which also shows some rare captions of Jacob’s pilgrims. Many other art treasures, including the the Holy Blood Altar of Würzburg carver Tilman Riemenschneider and the 600 year old stained glass windows are in the east choir, which offer an impressive experience of colour in the morning sun, and show the fame of St. Jacob.

The citizens of the city have been left an impressive variety of art objects since the completion of the church in 1485. This is an eloquent testimony of the exceedingly great reputation this church has for locals and pilgrims. People wander again from all directions the pilgrim way to St. James. Other gems are the Ludwig von Toulouse Altar by Tilman Riemenschneider , and the Mary Coronation altar from the Riemenschneider school. Visitors should not miss an organ concert at the modern Rieger organ with four manuals and 69 registers .

The Evangelical- Lutheran parish church of St. Jacob is at the intersection of Klingengasse and monastery alley in Rothenburg. It proudly raises its narrow windows and lofty towers towards the sky.

Overlooking the town, it is its most important church. As an alternative to the traditional visitors guide, guests to St. Jacob’s Church can also learn via audio guide and stroll at their own pace through the imposing Gothic walls of the church.

Opening times:
January-March , November 10-12 and 14-16
April to October: 9-17
December : 10-16.45
(Subject to change !)

Parish of St. James
Monastery Gasse 15, 91541 Rothenburg

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