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This is the church "Maria zur Höhe" (~ Mary on the hill) in Soest, a wonderful old town in the eastern part of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen. The church commonly is known as "Hohnekirche". The last days I already showed you some of its outstanding works of art. Please see here, here and here.

It already was built about the year 1200 and it is the first hall church of Westphalia. Already 20 years earlier a curch was built here but the plans were modified in its construction time and so these older walls today are part of this church. Architectural it shows the transition from Romanesque to Gothik. It is built from "Glauconite" a mostly greenish stone which is to be found in the region around Soest. Its interior space has a broadness of 22 meters and a length of 16 meters.
About 1180 Soest had become a secondary see of the archbishop of Cologne and it experienced a rapid development. Soest also had been an influencial member of the Hanseatic League - and it nearly was as big as Cologne. By this enlargement it was necessary to split its primal parish into six new parish areas - one of them Hohnekirche.

Visiting this church is a very special experience ... a leaving of our time.


In the workshop you can see it from another angle.

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