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“Fun for kids”

Kath. Kirche St. Goar
Reviewed 12 August 2015

One of the best ruins we visited in Germany. My kids loved the 'tunnels' and the views were amazing. The onsite restaurant offered a nice respite.

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Reviewed 22 October 2014 via mobile

This place is amazing the surrounding, the people and the atmosphere. It's a great place to take memorable photos really unique. I hope to visit again soon

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Reviewed 24 September 2014

And a chance to take some good photos of the magnificent Kath Kirche of St Goar. We loved the outside little "niches" on the roof.
The Stiftskirche or Collegiate Church of St. Goar, is just there when you get of the train station.
Another church was built in the 8th century to honor the Saint and to bring more pilgrims. This one rebuilt.
The church contains a Goar epitaph (14th century) who's the former cover plate of the table tomb of St Goar.

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Reviewed 13 June 2013

The Stiftskirche or Collegiate Church St. Goar, located between the train station and the market place, is the successor to a church built in the 8th century to honor the local saint and to provide a bigger and more attractive place for the large number of pilgrims who came here to visit.

St. Goar came to the Rhine region about 511AD. He first lived in a cave as a hermit, then built a small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and a cell for himself; later he apparently also built a hospice for the many travelers and pilgrims who came to see him. He was known for his loving hospitality; everyone who came received a place to sleep, a meal, and a glass of wine. St. Goar was a humble man of prayer who prayed the psalms and served mass every day before serving his guests; he converted many or strengthened them in their faith.

It became the custom for those traveling the river to stop and pray before traversing the dangerous Loreley rocks; many were protected from harm or saved from shipwreck, while, according to the stories of miracles recorded at the time, those who did not heed the advice to stop came close to losing their lives until (belatedly) they called upon the saint.

The pilgrimages to the saint continued until they were forbidden during the Reformation (16th century). At this time the relics were also taken out and scattered and the beautiful frescoes in the church were painted over. The frescoes have since been restored and are well worth looking at. The crypt is the most ancient part of the church; here is where the pilgrims came to pray and many miracles are recorded of their healing from physical and mental illnesses.

After the Reformation the Catholics in the region were served in various temporary ways until they built their own church again in the 17th century. This is the church of Sts. Goar and Elisabeth, located a few blocks further south on Heerstrasse. The church was originally built in the Baroque style, but later had to be rebuilt, now in a Gothic Revival style. It contains the oldest remaining depiction of St. Goar (a relief on the bell tower outside, which was formerly on the vault of the south aisle of the Collegiate Church); a lifesize relief of the saint which was formerly on top of his grave in the crypt of the pilgrimage church; and one of the few remaining pieces of the saint's relics. An intimate altar has been created out of the last two items, which you will see just as you enter the church. The church also contains relics of other important early saints on the south side altar.

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Reviewed 10 July 2011

Dates back to the 8th Century, Prüm Abbey had the “Oratorio Sancta Maria” built in St. Goar, dedicated to Goar priest monk holy Goar. After a 1089 fire in1100 extensive reconstruction, its Krypta had been preserved. After being used for nearly 1000 years it became delipitated – no masses could take place – so it was used as charnel house, it was demplished in 1772. The Arc de Triomphe, the choir walls and 3-beech Romanesque crypt (devided by 2 rows columns) were built around 1100, it got its current appearance mainly in the 15th century, formerly the bones of hl St Goar were kept in this crypt, until half of the 13th century construction choir towers and choir took place. 1444-1469 Had Landgrave Philipp Katzenelnbogen the older the three nave Gallery and western tower to built. His son Philipp II and wife Palatine Countess Anna Elisabeth von Bayern were burried in the Chapel on the north side. By 1479 the von Katzenelnbogen Genus got extinct, successors were beneficial heirs markgraves von Hesse-Darmstadt, in 1528 he carried out the Reformation and abrogated the Church. In its interior a 15th century late Gothic stone pulpit and valuable headstones.

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