Neustädter Kirche

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The Neustadt Church in Hofgeismar

A Marienkirche, like the Altstädter Kirche, was begun in 1341 on the foundation walls of an older church. At that time, Hofgeismar had a lot of money, as the town was involved in the administration of the pilgrimage site of Gottsbüren in the Reinhardswald.

In Gottsbüren, which was also in the Mainz - Gundesburn in 1089, Hundesburn in 1272, Godesburen in the 14th century - according to legend, a corpse with stigmata was found and it was believed to be the resurrected Christ. This place of pilgrimage lost its importance after about 40 years.

The Neustadt church was completed more than 100 years later. It served as a place of worship for the Huguenots in 1686 and the first preacher of the Huguenots, David Clerment, who had also led the first brigade to Hofgeismar, was also buried here.

The late Gothic church was renovated in 1985/86 because there was a danger of collapse. Since the subsoil in Hofgeismar consists partly of drift clay, the foundations of the church were secured in the Middle Ages by ramming oak trunks into the ground. This was a method used everywhere when the ground was not firm. In Hofgeismar, streets were also fortified in this way in the past.

But when the new post office was built, the water table was lowered because the telecommunications equipment had to be installed underground.

After that, the upper part of the oak trunks was no longer moist and disintegrated, and the foundation had to be re-secured with concrete support pillars. During the renovation, the old painting was restored. The group of figures on the altar is a recent work.

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