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St Kilian’s Church
The tower of the church named after the patron St Kilian is regarded as the first significant Renaissance construction north of the Alps.
An important, predominantly Gothic church building with a remarkable west tower completed by Hans Schweiner in 1529. The west tower is of importance from an art-historical point of view, since it is believed to be one of the first buildings north of the Alps featuring Renaissance elements. The range of sculptures of this tower dates back to the Reformation period and is considered to be both extraordinary and significant. The figure at the top of the church's spire, affectionately called “Männle” or “little man” by locals, is regarded as unique.
The 2.32m (7ft) tall sculpture shows
an armed citizen holding a broads-
word and a standard bearing the
city's coat of arms.
The original used to sit at the very
top of the steeple until the end of
the 19th century. The sculpture,
created in 1529 by master builder
Hans Schweiner, is today on
display inside the city hall.
The church spire is now adorned by a replica.
At the heart of the late Gothic hall choir, which is considered a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art) and was finished in 1487 by renowned artist-craftsmen, you may find the famous carved altar by Hans Seyfer, completed in 1498.
Its sculptures, skilfully crafted out of limewood, survived World War II safely stored away in the Bad Friedrichshall salt mines.
Thanks to its remarkable restoration, which began back in 1947, St Kilian's Church is today once again a true gem of Heilbronn. The tower is open to the public on request. Please call +49 7131 86869.
Kiliansplatz, 74072 Heilbronn
daily 9:30 am - 6 pm