Evangelical Church Borgeln

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Protestant church
Floor plan around 1910

The Evangelical Church Borgeln is a one-room hall church in Borgeln , a district of Welver . The basic structure and the outer walls are in the Romanesque style; the interior was redesigned in the 18th century in the Baroque style.


It is based on the previous church from the time between 1150 and 1180. The church was rebuilt from 1700 to 1712. The house has two Gothic pointed arches in two places , on the entrance door to the choir and on the double window of the sacristy .


The tower is the oldest part of the church, it was built around 1080. It is therefore probably the oldest sacred building in the Soest Börde . In relation to the current church, the tower looks too small - an indication that it belonged to the previous church. The ringing consists of five melodious bronze bells, tuned to the tone sequence e'-f sharp'-a'-h'-c sharp ". The bells f sharp 'and c sharp" come from 1705. For the Sunday service the bells III-V, then II –V and then shortly before the start all the bells.


Interior view, photo from 1902

Baroque pulpit

The baroque pulpit, dating from 1733, is richly decorated with carved figures. The inscription on a small plaque reads: The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17) . They are arranged thematically: Moses with the tablet of the law, the risen Christ with the flag of the cross and the Lamb of God who bears the sins of the world. The four evangelists with the symbols lion, bull, man and eagle are arranged on both sides . The projections and open spaces are equipped with angel heads and decorated with rich fruit hangings and flowers. The first ten prophets of the Old Testament can be seen in turn on the sound cover . Above the sound cover is a pelican ripping open its chest. Between 1984 and 1988 the figures were restored and given their old frames in simple pastel colors.


The previous altar was destroyed in a fire in 1852 and replaced by a new one in 1862.

A painting by the Düsseldorf painter Tüshus is on display in an ogival field. It depicts the risen Christ with the flag of the cross.

The architect Prang from Münster planned the neo-Gothic alteration of the altar made of oak. During restoration work, the renovation was reworked in pastel and richly covered with gold leaf. At the altar table three ornament fields were exposed, which show the three letters G, H, L (faith, hope, love) in a cloverleaf frame.


The altar organ , a pocket organ with an electric action , 15 stops, two manuals, pedal and approx. 1100 pipes from the workshop of the Lübeck company Kemper , replaced the worm-eaten predecessor organ from 1853 by the Schulze company , Paulinzella . During the renovation work, the old organ front was lost. The prospectus of the new organ did not fit in well with the overall picture; a used prospectus from a church in Neuwied was acquired and inserted.

Baptismal font

The baptismal font in the left choir room was carved in 1972 by stonemason Alfons Düchting from Anröchter dolomite . Three steps of different heights represent an octagonal column that tapers towards the bottom. The saying goes around it. He who believes and is baptized will be saved (Mark 16) .

During the christening ceremony, the lid is hung on a specially made hook.

Painting in the cross vault

When the western central nave was repainted in 1933, a painting from the late Romanesque period around 1220 with trees of life, mythical animals and ornamental friezes along the ridges was uncovered in a simple representation in the cross vault of the western central nave. One suspects an influence of Byzantine art. The old paintings were painted over and repainted to preserve them for subsequent research. Some of the free windows are used for documentation.

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Coordinates: 51 ° 35 ′ 59 ″  N , 8 ° 2 ′ 10 ″  E