Schloß- und Stiftskirche St. Michael,
The Schloß- und Stiftskirche St. Michael is Pforzheim’s most important medieval architectural monument and is therefore also known as the “stone history book” of the city. It was built between 1225 and 1470 in Romanesque and late Gothic style and is the burial place of the royal house of Baden.
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As early as 1535, the church was designated as the burial place of the Ernestine line of the House of Baden. Until 1860, almost all members of the branch of the princely house, which had become Protestant, found their final resting place here. From 1689 to 1692, the church suffers from the destruction of the Orléanis War and loses its entire inventory. It was not until the 19th century that extensive restoration work was carried out to save the building. The end of the venerable church seems to have come on February 23, 1945, when aerial bombs cause the most severe damage. Under untiring efforts of the "Stiftung der Freunde der Schloßkirche e.V." (Foundation of the Friends of the Castle Church), the almost complete restoration succeeds, so that St. Michael's could be consecrated anew on September 22, 1957.The Castle and Collegiate Church of St. Michael, together with the adjacent archive tower, is the only major remnant of the medieval townscape of the city, which was severely damaged during the air raid on February 23, 1945. The residential castle surrounding the church in Pforzheim was completely lost from the 18th century, only the archive building remained. Stylistically, echoes of the Maulbronn monastery church can be found as witnessed by the stonemasons' marks, which were also applied in Maulbronn around 1200. In 1922, the Reuchlin Museum was established in a late Gothic extension of the church, the so-called Reuchlinkolleg, which made Johannes Reuchlin's library accessible to the public.
Its restoration under the direction of the State Building Department and with the support of the Friends of the Castle Church Foundation took place until 2008.
The "Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Deutschland" (BHU) selected the castle church as the cultural monument of the year 2021.
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Arrival by car:
Pforzheim is located on the A8 freeway between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart with four freeway junctions. In the direction of "Zentrum", various parking garages and underground garages offer parking facilities. From the center, the Schloßkirche on the Schloßberg is about a 5-minute walk away.
Arrival by bus:
From the ZOB, the Schloßkirche am Schloßberg is a few minutes' walk away. Designated bus parking spaces in the city area allow for convenient and safe disembarkation.
Arrival by train:
Pforzheim's main train station is centrally located and makes it easy to explore the city center; the Schloßberg is just a few minutes' walk away.