Willibrordi Cathedral

The impressive church was built in its current design between 1501 and 1540 as a late Gothic basilica with five naves. The tower was built during the years 1477 and 1478. It is a wonderful example of the dying Gothic style in northern Germany.

The Willibrordi Cathedral is Wesel's city church where the Evangelic community worships. A number of cultural events are held in the cathedral as well.

History

A small church once stood at the same spot in 800 BC. It was renewed and rebuilt several times. It housed the Echternach monastery in the beginning, where the Frisian missionary Willibrord (passed away in 739) is buried. The magnificent interior with 38 altars from the brotherhoods and guilds made St. Willibrordi - after the Xanten Cathedral - one of the most important medieval churches on the lower Rhine. Once the city turned towards the reformed confession during reformation, there was no longer any use for the interior. It went missing. The Hanseatic city of Wesel was the centre of the Kleve duchy. The city joined the reformation in 1540.

From 1883 to 1896, the church was completely renovated with the aid of the Prussian dynasty. The planned ambulatory was performed for the first time back then. The still images from the great electors and Emperero Wilhelm I. remain at the entrance portals.

The Willibrordi Cathedral was also significantly destroyed by the Allied bombings in 1945. The reconstruction began in 1947 on appointment by the church community through the "Cathedral Construction Association". This was executed using the late Medieval design as a basis and the existing "Dombauhütte". The reconstruction was completed in 1994 with the final installation of the tower where chimes are played four times a day.

 

Attractions
Heresbach ChapelThe humanist Konrad Heresbach was buried here together with his wife. A tombstone in the wall reminds visitors of this.
Decorated ArchesThe decorated arches of the Heresbach Chapel as well as the side chapel, the Alyschläger Chapel, are seen as highlights of the late Gothic stonemason period.
WestfensterIn the tower hall from 1968. Created by Vincent Pieper.
OrganFrom 2000 with 56 registers. Built by the Danish organ company Marcussen & Søn based on a draft by the Bonn architect Ralph Schweitzer.
Weseler Altar(1996) A modern artwork by Ben Willikens from Stuttgart.
Still image of the Great ElectorBy the Berliner sculptor Karl Dorn on the transept gable above the northern transept portal.
Still image of the Emperor Wilhelm I.As a pendant by the sculptor Friedrich Johannes Pfannschmidt above the southern transept portal.

 

Hours
Worship serviceSundays and holidays: 11:00 AM
Chimesweekdays: shortly before 10:00, 12:00, 16:00 and 18:00
Sundays and on church holidays: shortly before 11:00, 13:00, 16:00 and 18:00

 

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