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  • Gelnhausen

More than a church: let yourself be enchanted by the atmosphere of this imposing building.

The landmark of Gelnhausen is the Marienkirche. It is affectionately called the “crown jewel of God” by the Gelnhäuser; it has been the central church building since the city was founded. With the growing wealth of Gelnhausen, a small church from the middle of the 12th century quickly became a splendid building, stylistically shaped by the transition from Romanesque to Gothic styles. The furnishings - especially the early Gothic sandstone lettuce depicting the Last Judgment - are of great artistic value.

When Count Dietmar von Gelnhausen founded a monastery near Selbold (today Langenselbold) in 1108, he furnished it with rich property in the southern Kinzig valley. In addition to goods in Gelnhausen, the monastery probably also acquired its own chapel, which belonged to the count's castrum and whose patronage rights were transferred to the monastery.

The Selbold Premonstratensian Monastery - initially a provost office, since 1343 an abbey - later built a church on its properties in the east of the Gelnhausen settlement, perhaps on the site of the count's chapel, from which today's St. Mary's Church arose, which is named after the patroness of the monastery had received.



63571 Gelnhausen


Phone: +49 6051 / 14122


Website: marienkirchegelnhausen.de

General information

Open daily: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
We ask for your understanding if the church has to remain closed in special situations.
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  • Suitable for the Elderly
Price info

no entry into the church

Guided tour of the Marienkirche, 1 hour, max. 30 p., 55.00 € (check)

Guided tour followed by a 15-minute organ concert, max. 30 people, € 85.00;

bookable in advance via the tourist information.



Public transportation:

Gelnhausen can be easily reached by bus and train. The station is on line 50/51 between Frankfurt and Fulda. Line 46 of the Hessian State Railway also stops here from / to Gießen.



You can reach Gelnhausen by car via the direct motorway connection to the A66.

There are a large number of public parking spaces, from which the church can be reached on foot in 5-10 minutes.

More info

Guided tours can be booked at the Tourist Info, Tel. 06051 830 300 or tourist-information@gelnhausen.de; www.gelnhausen.de

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