General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate

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General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate

State level Upper state authority ( Rhineland-Palatinate )
position Historic monuments authority
Supervisory authority Ministry of Science, Education and Culture
founding 2007
Headquarters Mainz
Authority management General Director Thomas Metz
Web presence

The General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate (GDKE) is a higher state authority of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate , which is subordinate to the Ministry for Science, Further Education and Culture . The Erthaler Hof in Mainz is the seat of the monument authority founded on January 1, 2007 . Thomas Metz has been General Manager since August 1, 2007 . The “State Office for the Preservation of Monuments Rhineland-Palatinate” and the state museums in Mainz, Trier and Koblenz were gradually merged.


The tasks of the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate include the handling of technical issues relating to the protection of monuments and the preservation of monuments . This includes systematically recording and evaluating cultural monuments, keeping the list of monuments, advising the monument protection authorities and the owners of cultural monuments, and promoting the public's understanding of monument protection and preservation. The basis is the monument protection law of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate .

In addition, funds from the General Directorate are used for the renovation of church buildings.


The General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate is divided into the following six directorates:

State monument maintenance

The State Monument Preservation Directorate, which is also based in the Erthaler Hof in Mainz, is responsible for the scientific recording, research and documentation of cultural monuments up to and including concrete advice on important repair measures. The core tasks include finding the cultural monuments and keeping the list of monuments. State curator Roswitha Kaiser has been director since July 15, 2015 .

Directors or state curators

State archeology

The State Archeology Directorate is responsible for researching, securing and preserving the archaeological monuments and sources in Rhineland-Palatinate. It has branches in Koblenz, Mainz, Speyer and Trier. This ensures extensive research into the country. The Department of Earth History in Mainz also belongs to the Regional Archeology Directorate . State archaeologist is Axel von Berg .

Castles, palaces, antiquities

The Directorate of Castles, Palaces, Antiquities, based at the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz, has the task of safeguarding, maintaining and caring for the cultural heritage, buildings and collections entrusted to it and preserving it for future generations. At the same time, the monuments are culturally and touristically accessible so that they can be presented in a lively and understandable way for everyone. The management was formed in 1998 within the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments as the successor to the “Administration of the State Castles of Rhineland-Palatinate” and manages around 80 properties. The director is Angela Kaiser-Lahme .

State Museum Koblenz

The State Museum Koblenz is located on the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz and is the youngest State Museum in Rhineland-Palatinate after Mainz and Trier. In addition to the permanent departments (August Horch, pumice industry, viticulture, pewter foundry, sparkling wine production, schnapps distillery and archeology), the Koblenz State Museum is the only technical state museum that shows several special exhibitions every year. The state collection on the history of photography belongs to the museum. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is not only the seat of the Koblenz State Museum, but also its largest exhibit. The “History of the Fortress” section deals with the history of the Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and also deals with general issues relating to fortifications and military technology.

State Museum Mainz

The Landesmuseum Mainz is one of the oldest museums in Germany. One of his predecessor institutions, the Municipal Painting Collection, was founded in 1803 by Jean-Antoine Chaptal at the instigation of Napoléon Bonaparte by donating 36 paintings . The museum, which is now located in the former royal stables , is one of the most important museums in Mainz , together with the Roman-Germanic Central Museum and the Gutenberg Museum . Its art and cultural history collection extends from prehistory through the Roman period, the Middle Ages and the Baroque to the Art Nouveau period and the art of the 20th century. From 2004 to 2010, the Mainz State Museum was renovated for a total of 32 million euros and adapted to the latest museum educational and technical requirements.

Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier

The Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier is one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany. Its collection ranges from prehistory through Roman times , the Middle Ages to the Baroque . Above all, however, the Roman past of Germany's oldest city ( Augusta Treverorum ) is vividly presented in the Landesmuseum Trier using archaeological finds. The museum is traditionally active in archaeological excavations and thus performs the tasks of preserving monuments.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. § 25 DSchG
  2. St. Ignaz Church in Mainz: Renovation continues - two million euros for a new interior. Allgemeine Zeitung , April 1, 2015, accessed on February 14, 2016 .