Evangelical Church Kirchardt

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Evangelical Church in Kirchardt

The Protestant church in Kirchardt in the district of Heilbronn in northern Baden-Württemberg is a Protestant parish church , which was given its present form through a new building in 1790 and expansion in 1898/99.


Early references to a church in Kirchardt date from 1367, when Count Palatine Ruprecht I ceded the parish in Kirchardt to the Teutonic Order . In return for the annual taxes of the Kirchardt residents, the construction burden for the church buildings was with the Teutonic Order. In the Middle Ages, the church was under the authority of the Worms Monastery , which ran around 90 churches in the Neckar Valley and Kraichgau through the Wimpfen Monastery . A church consecrated to St. Egidius on the site of today's church was first mentioned in 1496. Kirchardt, part of the Electoral Palatinate, was reformed in the 16th century . The old-believing Teutonic Order, however, continued to be subject to construction requirements, but it did not meet its construction requirements adequately. In 1658 the church was rebuilt after the destruction of the Thirty Years War , but almost 80 years later it was again so dilapidated that a new building was necessary in 1740, which was again dilapidated after 50 years due to the lack of roof repairs.

The foundation stone of the new building from 1790, which has been preserved, names the Electoral Palatinate Spiritually Reformed Administration of Heidelberg as the builder for the nave of the church and the Teutonic Order of Mergentheim for the choir and church tower . After the dissolution of the Electoral Palatinate through mediatization in 1802, Kirchardt and with it the right of patronage over the church came to the newly founded Principality of Leiningen . Even after the end of the brief principality and its transfer to Baden in 1806, the Leiningen princes retained the right of patronage to this day.

In the years 1898/99 the nave of the church was extended to the south, giving the building its present form. In 1977 the interior of the church was extensively renovated.


View from the southwest

The Evangelical Church in Kirchardt is a single-nave church building in the late Baroque style with an attached bell tower with a very old base from a previous building. The church is located along the historic main street of the town that still exists today. The tower is in the northeast, the rectangular nave connects to the southwest . On the north side there is an altar , baptismal font and pulpit . A historic Overmann organ is located above the altar on the one-story gallery running around the west and north . The base of the tower has been expanded into a sacristy .

The baptismal font probably comes from the church mentioned in 1496. The altar, pulpit and a chalice that is still in use today date from the time the church was rebuilt around 1790. The organ from Anton and Wilhelm Overmann's workshop was built from 1819 to 1821 and rebuilt many times in the 19th and 20th centuries until it was finally unplayable in 1976 and was restored true to the original in 1983 for then 160,000 DM.

The bell in the bell tower consists of four bronze bells, the smallest of which dates from 1924, weighs 150 kg and is tuned to d ''. The remaining historical bells were melted down during World War II and replaced by today's bells in 1950: the bell tuned to g ' Eternity and Faith with a weight of 589 kg, the memorial bell tuned to b' weighing 340 kg and the on c '' tuned peace bell weighing 247 kg.


  • Friedegern Müller: The Protestant parish Kirchardt and its churches in the mirror of the times . In: Kirchardt, Berwangen, Bockschaft - a home book . Kirchardt municipality, Kirchardt 1991

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Coordinates: 49 ° 12 ′ 14.6 "  N , 8 ° 59 ′ 23.5"  E