May 6, 2017

3039 GERMANY (North Rhine-Westphalia) - Church of Saint Reinold in Dortmund

3039 Old market square with Church of Saint Reinold

The Lutheran Protestant Church of Saint Reinold is, according to its foundation date, the oldest extant church in Dortmund. It was built as a palatine church in the Ottonian era, between 1250 and 1270, and is dedicated to Reinold, also known as Renaud de Montauban, the patron of the city. The present building is a late Romanesque church with a late gothic quire. Located in the centre of the city, directly at the crossing of the Hellweg (a historic trade route) and the historic road from Cologne to Bremen.

After the completion of the tower in 1454, it was 112m tall and was referred to as the "Miracle of Westphalia". The polygonal spire was renovated the first time in 1519. In 1661, the tower collapsed after being damaged during an earthquake. The foundation for the new tower was laid 1662, and the building was completed 1701, with a baroque ornament on the top. The church was heavily damaged in WWII. Since the reconstruction the tower now bears a hood with baroque features. 

About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Blumen, about which I wrote here

St. Reinold's Church, Dortmund - Wikipedia

Sender: Jorn Hegner (direct swap)
Sent from Dortmund (North Rhine-Westphalia / Germany), on 29.04.2017 

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