Church of the Redeemer, Bad Homburg

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The organ
The church
View from Bad Homburg castle

The Church of the Redeemer (from the German Erlöserkirche) is an Evangelical (Protestant) church in Bad Homburg, Germany. Finished in 1908, the building is outwardly of a heavy, romanesque revival appearance, while its interior is held in a neo-Byzantine style, with rich marble wall decorations and gold mosaics covering the domed ceiling, leading to the church sometimes being called 'Bad Homburg's Hagia Sophia'.[1]

History[edit]

The church was built to serve Bad Homburg's Evangelical Christians which around the start of the 20th Century suffered from lack of a sufficient congregation space. Its construction was paid for and the design supervised by Wilhelm II, the German Emperor, who had by then made Bad Homburg a summer residence town, and later often came to worship in the church, sitting in his own imperial box with a private entrance. Empress Auguste-Viktoria also provided the jewel-studded altar which was originally intended for the Church of the Redeemer in the Augusta Victoria complex in Jerusalem.[1]

Two large church organs were installed in the Erlöserkirche, with it having a turn-of-the-20th-century Sauer organ and a new Bach organ based on a 1742 Thuringian model.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Churches - Erlöserkirche (from the official Bad Homburg website. Accessed 2008-02-23.)
  2. ^ Organs of Bad Homburg (from the Ars Musici Compact Disks catalogue. Accessed 2008-02-23.)

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Coordinates: 50°13′35″N 8°36′42″E / 50.2265°N 8.6117°E / 50.2265; 8.6117