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Alverskirchen is one of the two districts of the municipality of Everswinkel in the North Rhine-Westphalian district of Warendorf . As part of the local reorganization, the two previously independent communities Alverskirchen and Everswinkel were merged on January 1, 1975 to form the new community Everswinkel.

The village is about 20 kilometers east of Münster . It was created around the year 1200 by the foundation of a church under Hermann II zur Lippe , which is consecrated to St. Agatha . The place name goes back to a man named Albin, Alvin, Albrie or Alvrie. He either had the church built or provided the ground for it. The place therefore appeared for the first time under the name Alvinskerken .

In the course of its history the village burned down again and again from extensive fires, as did the neighboring town of Everswinkel. During the Thirty Years War the village suffered a temporary decline and many farms were abandoned. Agriculture was an important mainstay of the village in the 18th century. In addition, many residents were also employed as merchants, traders, day laborers and craftsmen. After the Second World War , the population of Alverskirchen increased significantly, which was due to the influx of displaced people .

Gut Brückhausen is two kilometers south of Alverskirchen and has been an influential mansion for centuries .

St. Agatha Church

The Pohlmann organ in St. Agatha

The St. Agatha Church already existed at the time of the first Prince-Bishop of Münster, i.e. before 1203. It belongs to the Catholic parish of St. Magnus / St. Agatha Everswinkel - Alverskirchen. The church is dedicated to St. Agatha, the protector of fire. The first patron saint of the church is St. John in 1613 . However, it seems that after three devastating fire disasters that struck the village, St. Agatha seems to have gained increasing veneration until she finally took the place of a patrona primaria. Today's church tower dates from the time the church was founded. The massive, Romanesque style building owes its fortified character to the fact that the entrance door is very small and there are only a few windows. However, it did not get its current width until 1703.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Martin Bünermann, Heinz Köstering: The communities and districts after the municipal territorial reform in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1975, ISBN 3-555-30092-X .
  2. ^ Parish of St. Magnus - St. Agatha. Retrieved October 9, 2017 .

Coordinates: 51 ° 55 '  N , 7 ° 49'  E