Beautiful Churches – The Three Kings Church, Frankfurt, Germany


The Three Kings Church, Frankfurt, Germany

The old Church of the Three Kings was built in 1340 AD, consecrated on the 23 of July, 1340, as a chapel to one of Heile Dymar’s hospitals, around 1500 AD it received its late gothic vaulting.  The congregation was one of the first in the city to embrace the Reformation and the first Protestant preacher took his post in 1531 AD.  In 1690 the old Church of the Three Kings transformed to Baroque Architecture.  Last services were held in the Church on April 7, 1872 and the old dilapidated Church was demolished in 1875 AD, the Church was demolished due to age related damage and the newer Church built on the same location by Cathedral Master Architect and Builder Denzinger.  In 1881, the Church was dedicated “The  Three Kings”.  The Three Kings Church joined the “Bekennende Kirche” (Confessional Church) in 1934 AD, a movement which opposed Nazi Ideology. Between October 1943AD and March 1944 AD, the old town of Frankfurt, the biggest old Gothic town of Central Europe was destroyed by six bombardments of the Allied Forces. The Three Kings Church suffered severe damage and the interior was burned out completely. The Cathedral was reconstructed in the 1950s. The height of the Cathedral is 95 m.

Assumptions about the fate of Magi’s (The Three Kings).

There are various assumptions reflected in myths as to what happened to the Magi’s after they returned back. According to one of them (appeared in Historia Trium Regum by John of Hildesheim, a writer and a monk lived in 14th century), their remains were found by Saint Helena (the consort of Emperor Constantius, and the mother of Emperor Constantine I, the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity) during her pilgrimage to Palestine and the Holy Lands and brought to Constantinople. According to this version, the bones were later moved to Milan by Eustorgius I (the bishop of Milan, around 350 AD) with two cows which transported a large sarcophagus. Finally, the Holy Roman Emperor Fredrick Barbarossa took them from Milan in 1164 AD and gave mummified relics to the Archbishop of Cologne, Rainald of Dassel (the archbishop of Cologne from 1159 to 1167).

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