Mountain Biking Highlight
Beautiful old church in Neckarbischofsheim. In the place of today's town church near the Old Castle of the Lords of Helmstatt there was originally a chapel dedicated to Mary by Weiprecht I von Helmstatt and his wife Anna von Neipperg in 1386. At that time the older Johanneskirche (now called Totenkirche) was still the parish church of the village. 1543, d. H. In the year of the division of Helmstatt's inheritance, which favored Johann von Helmstatt in particular and thus his father-in-law Philipp von Helmstatt, the Marienkapelle was expanded to include a bell tower, which at that time already contained a clockwork and a ringing of four bells. The neighboring old castle was then significantly rebuilt. In 1610 the old chapel was demolished and until 1612 the nave was mainly rebuilt by master builder Jakob Müller († 1611) from Heilbronn. The five sons of Johann Philipp von Helmstatt († 1594) are named as builders in an inscription on the south portal: Ludwig Carl, Philipp, Weiprecht, Pleickard and Valentin "der Fromme" von Helmstatt. After completion of the construction work, the church was called "Templum Salvatoris" (Church of the Redeemer) and was raised to the status of a parish church. In the 17th century there were possibly two parish churches, the Redeemer Church and St. John's Church, before in 1698 only the Redeemer Church was called the Parish Church. The Redeemer Church was first described as a city church in 1767.
The church and its furnishings have been modernized on various occasions. A comprehensive interior renovation took place in 1911/12, during which the galleries were renewed.Source:
May 6, 2020
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