St. Andreas, Düsseldorf

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St. Andreas
Düsseldorf St Andreas n O.jpg
St. Andreas is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
St. Andreas
St. Andreas
51°13′39″N 6°46′31″E / 51.22750°N 6.77528°E / 51.22750; 6.77528Coordinates: 51°13′39″N 6°46′31″E / 51.22750°N 6.77528°E / 51.22750; 6.77528
Location Andreasstraße 27
Düsseldorf
Country Germany
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website www.dominikaner-duesseldorf.de
History
Status Parish church
Dedication Saint Andrew
Consecrated 1629
Architecture
Functional status Active
Style Baroque
Groundbreaking 1622
Specifications
Number of towers 2
Administration
Parish Sankt Andreas
Archdiocese Cologne
Clergy
Rector Fr. P. Elias H. Füllenbach OP[1]

The Church of St. Andreas (German: St. Andreas) is a Roman Catholic parish church situated in the center of the German city of Düsseldorf. It is the priory church of the local community of Dominican Friars, who also administer the much older Church of St. Lambert.[2]

History[edit]

The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, was constructed between 1622 and 1629 in the South German baroque style. It was originally a Jesuit church and also served as the court church for the Counts palatine of Neuburg (House of Palatinate-Neuburg). After the dissolution of the Jesuit order in August 1773 it served as a parish church until 2005 when it became the monastery church of the Dominican Order. The building itself is now owned by the city of Düsseldorf.

The church is furnished with stucco by Johannes Kuhn from Strassburg[3] and life-size sculptures of the apostles and of saints of the Society of Jesus.

Facade

In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, the church was an important center of musical culture in Düsseldorf. The composer Johann Hugo von Wilderer served as its organist. The mausoleum, designed by Venetian architect Simone del Sarto, contains the tombs of several Electors Palatine, including that of Johann Wilhelm.[4] The high altar of the church was destroyed during World War II. The new altar, designed by Ewald Mataré was built in 1960. Paintings by Ernst Deger can be found in the church's two side altars which are dedicated to the Virgin Mary.[5]

In 1972 the church came under the pastoral care of the local community of Dominican Friars and became their priory church.

Organ[edit]

The organ dates back to an instrument built in 1782 by Peter Kemper, in a casing by Bernhard Orlinski and Josef Zimmermann. In World War II the organ was damaged. In 1953 it was restored and expanded by 18 stops by the organ builder Fabritius. In 1970/71 and again in 2003, the organ was restored by Rudolf von Beckerath Orgelbau.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Die Gemeinschaft des Düsseldorfer Konvents" (in German). dominikaner-duesseldorf.de. 
  2. ^ "150 Jahre Dominikaner Düsseldorf – 1860 bis 2010 (150 Years of the Dominicans in Düsseldorf – 1860 to 2010)" (in German). dominikaner-duesseldorf.de. 
  3. ^ "St. Andreas Düsseldorf" (in German). baukunst-nrw.de. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ McLachlan, Gordon (2004) The Rough Guide to Germany, p. 537. Rough Guides
  5. ^ a b Official website of the Dominican Church of St. Andreas (in German)

External links[edit]

  • Media related to St. Andreas Düsseldorf at Wikimedia Commons
  • St. Andreas, entry in the database of the Düsseldorf Institut für Denkmalschutz und Denkmalpflege (Institute for Monument Protection and Preservation) (in German)