St. Sebaldus Church
St. Sebaldus Church
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Nuremberg's oldest city parish church was built around 1215 as a three-aisled Late Romanesque pillared basilica with two choirs. As early as 1309 the original side aisles were widened and altered in the Gothic style. Destroyed during World War II like the rest of the city, St. Sebald was reconstructed in 1957 and reconsecrated. The reliquary shrine (ca. 1397) in the tomb cast in bronze by Peter Vischer and his sons (1508-1519) is prominently located in the interior of the church. The bones of Nuremberg patron saint Sebaldus are presumed to rest in the silver embossed “casket”.
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Neighbourhood: Altstadt - St. Sebald
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  • Lorenzkirche • 7 min walk
  • Weißer Turm • 10 min walk
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Kevin P
Tempe, AZ415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Sebald does not contain as many artworks as St Lorenz, but it does have the Schreyer Landauer epitaph on the exterior. This is an important Northern Renaissance funerary sculpture by Adam Kraft (who also did the tabernacle with his self-portrait in St. Lorenz). It has been argued that the man (Nicodemus) with the thick curly beard, holding the pliers and hammer, is a self-portrait of Kraft.
Written 26 November 2022
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Sebalduskirche (St. Sebaldus Church) is the main church in Sebalder Altstadt, the northern half of the old town. Building of this church started in 1255, and it was completed 50 years later as a Romanesque church. The two towers were added later in the 15th century, and during the 17th century interior was remodelled in the Baroque fashion. The church suffered serious damage during World War II and was then restored.
Several art pieces are visible in the church.
Written 9 November 2022
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The tall and open nave makes the inside of the church feel big and impressive.
Catherine's Altar, originally made around 1463 and reconstructed in 2000, reflects the the life and death of St. Catherine. The ornate tabernacle is flanked by sculptures of St. Peter and St. Sebaldus. The upper part depicts God the Father offering his crucified Son to mankind for their salvation. The church contains many beautiful stained-glass windows, including one, dating back to about 1400, celebrating the life of the Virgin Mary. One, made in 1379, shows scenes from Jesus’ crucifixion, and another, created in 1360, is of the Apostles Creed and depicts 10 apostles.
Written 8 April 2024
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
St. Sebaldus is the patron saint of the city. The basilica with two choirs was built over his grave between 1230-73 in Romanesque style. The Gothic towers was made in 15th century. We spent a week in Nuremberg and visited this basilica twice. It’s impressive both outside and inside. I think it’s the most beautiful church in the Old Town. We admired the magnificent statues, paintings, stained glass windows from 1515, the beautiful altar, the Gothic baptismal font (15th century) and the sepulcher of St. Sebaldus. I think it’s a must-see site in the Old Town.
Written 10 October 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,717 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The Church of St. Sebald is a medieval church.

Its location is on the way from the market square to the castle.

This is is the oldest church in Nuremberg. The church was built around 1215

It was destroyed during World War II and reconstructed in 1957.
Written 16 February 2023
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mariostoona
Athens, Greece633 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The church of St. Sebaldus is an old mediecal church and we discovered it by accident while exploring old town.Although it was late evening they allowed us a quick entry and in the casket at the centre of the church they keep the bones of the Patron St. Sebaldus.
Has a gothic eerie vibe especially in the evening,worth a quick visit for sure!
Written 2 December 2021
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Rama Chandra Mu... C
Hyderabad, India67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Business
One of the best churches I visited. Its location is very central and near to the shopping area. Architecture is really amazing. A must visit when in Nuremberg.
Written 1 July 2014
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FeltSuit
Rumford, Rhode Island, United States240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
St. Lorenz is the primary church to visit in Nuremberg but I would say that this church has a more imposing interior with more interesting art and statuary. St. Lorenz has the best facade, no question, but don't miss a trip inside this impressive space. I came in to get out of the rain and it was like a freezer in here. Probably more welcome on a hot summer day.
Written 25 December 2019
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mayumimazur
United States65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Business
Johann Pachelbel, the composer of Canon in D major, was born in Nuremberg and began his music education / career as a youth at this church. After achieving fame in Vienna, he chose to return to Nuremberg to be an organist at St. Sebaldus Church again, despite more prestigious job offers as far as from England.

I found this out from Japanese travel web pages, including Japanese wikipedia. On my visit to Nuremberg last year, I found that not many Germans, even the locals, know about this, either.

When I visited St. Sebaldus, even the church itself never had any hint of its connection with Pachelbel (although this might have something to do the church having some construction work when I visited.) Similarly, Nuremberg Visitors Bureau does a lot of promotion (rightfully so) on Albrecht Dürer, the 15-16th century artist whose house still remains, but nothing on Pachelbel.

I think this is a shame because outside the art world, Pachelbel is a far more familiar name all over the world than Dürer, owning to his beautiful Canon D being the music of choice in many weddings.

I hope this fact would add a delight to future visitors. I also advice them to read up on the church history, Pachelbel, etc. before travel because there was not much English information at the church itself. (my evaluation score reflects this)
Written 17 March 2014
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PgP
Bergamo, Italia551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Family
The church has been rebuilt after WWII using the original bricks. The statues and the paintings were put save in the bunkers of the city (you can visit one near Durer's house), so what you can admire are mostly the original ones. To entry is free, but it is advised to pay 1 euro per person. Church open only few hours per day, so better to check at tourist office open time.
Written 9 May 2012
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