The Pauluskirche is a Protestant church in Mannheim 's Waldhof district . It was built between 1906 and 1907 according to plans by Hermann Behaghel . In 2005 the Pauluskirche became the first youth church in the Evangelical Church in Baden .
In 1853, the French company St. Gobain built a mirror factory with a workers' settlement in the Käfertaler district, the nucleus of the later Waldhof. The Spiegelkirche, built in 1861, was also allowed to be used for Protestant services from 1867. Due to the rapid population growth, a vicariate for the Waldhof was set up in 1899 as a branch of the Käfertaler Union Church . About 3,000 Protestants lived here that year. In 1906 the construction of the Pauluskirche began. The following year it was inaugurated on September 15, 1907. The building material came from the demolished Luther Church in Neckarstadt and the organ could also be taken over from there. In the same year an independent parish was set up.
During the Second World War , the Pauluskirche burned down to the outer walls after a bomb hit in 1943. After that, it was rebuilt in a simplified manner until 1953 under the direction of Max Schmechel . To replace the bells given in the war, three new ones could be obtained in 1957. The population continued to grow, so that in 1964 the Gethsemanegemeinde was founded in Waldhof-Ost . In the last quarter of the 20th century there was an opposite trend. The number of church members decreased sharply and there were still 3600 Protestant residents on the Waldhof, so that the Paulus community united with the Gethsemana community and the Pauluskirche was converted into the youth church for Mannheim by 2005. It was inaugurated by Regional Bishop Ulrich Fischer on September 23, 2005 . Since 2008, the nationwide first Children's Church has been taking place here in Advent.
The Pauluskirche is located in the center of Waldhof, east of the Riedbahn, not far from the Catholic St. Francis Church, which was built recently . The architect Hermann Behaghel designed a neo-Gothic building to set it apart from its neo-Romanesque style . The single-nave hall church has a transept and a retracted, polygonal choir . The dominant feature is the single-tower facade, the high point of which was not restored after the Second World War. When it was converted into a youth church in 2005, the pews were removed. A kitchenette was created in the entrance area and two glass boxes for training rooms were placed in the sides. The altar , the pulpit and the organ have been preserved.
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- Angelika von Bülow: 100 years of Pauluskirche: joy and sorrow . Mannheimer Morgen July 11, 2007.