The Palace Church of Our Lady, Bayreuth

Wilhelmine´s legacy

From the terrace of the Palace Church with its bust of Margravine Wilhelmine, who appreciated art so much, you can see across to the world heritage margrave Opera house.The same architects and artists were employed when Margrave Friedrich and his wife had a new church built in the Old Palace for the court community.The old chapel of 1668 had been burnt down, together with the rest of the building. It is said that at least the princes were not angry – and the new building had the space for a prestigious tomb. When in 1791 control of the region passed to Prussia, the church was used as a weapon store. In 1810, after the annexation of the margravate to Bavaria, the Bavarian king transferred the church to the catholic community, and so the Palace Church is today the only example of a catholic margrave church.
It was re-ordered accordingly: the pulpit altar was removed, and the organ was moved from the side of the altar up to where the prince’s box had been.The artistic plasterwork of J.B. Pedrozzi on the ceiling was preserved, in which Man’s salvation through the suffering and death of Christ is symbolically represented. The tombs of the Margrave and his wife, and of their daughter Friederike Sophie may be seen in their vault, which is above ground. During restoration work in 2019, the ceiling paintings by the court painter E.W.Wunder were replaced by new paintings which complement the baroque style. As did the original paintings, they represent the Birth and Ascension of Christ, as well as the four Evangelists. And now, instead of the initial ‘F’ for Margrave Friedrich which was there before, the golden triangle shines out over the altar area, in a halo of rays of light: the symbol of the glory of the triune God.

the church.

The Palace Church of Our Lady
Schlossberglein 1
95444 Bayreuth

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 07:30-16:00
April - October: open until 19:00.

Pfarramt Unsere liebe Frau, Schlosskirche
0921 65427

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Car parking
  • Bus parking
  • Charging station electric bikes
  • Charging station electric cars
  • Public transport
  • WC
  • Food and drink
  • Church tours

the surroundings.

It's worth going a little bit further: many churches lie on lovely cycle, walking and pilgrim paths. You will find an overview of them in the following map, as well as places worth seeing nearby. It also has links to local area, church and tourist information websites.

Bike tracks, pilgrim paths and hiking trails close to The Palace Church of Our Lady:

Fichtelgebirgs-Radweg 83 km Main-Radweg (Roter Main) 557 km Pegnitz-Radweg 82 km Pottenstein-Radweg 48 km Bayreuth Land BT 7 21 km Bayreuth Land BT 8 28 km Radrunde Oberfranken 552 km Fränkische Schweiz-Radweg 66 km Haidenaab-Radweg 91 km Jakobsweg Hof-Bayreuth-Nürnberg 183 km Jean-Paul-Weg 200 km Rotmain-Wanderweg 25 km Nortwaldweg – Fernwanderweg 88 km Bayreuth Land BT 3 – Von Schloss Fantaisie nach Bayreuth 25 km Bayreuth Radring – Schleife A 15 km Bayreuth Radring – Schleife D 19 km Casanovas Ausritt 191 km Die Burgenstraße 950 km Mitteleuropa-Route-EuroVelo 4 5100 km Obermain-Frankenwald-Tour 236 km Radweg D11 Ostsee-Oberbayern 1694 km Saar-Mosel-Main – D-Route 5 987 km Thermentour 125 km Markgrafenkirchen und sehr viel mehr
Tour 01: “Bayreuth – Bindlach”
20 km
Markgrafenkirchen und sehr viel mehr
Tour 04: “Rund um die Rotmainquelle”
47 km

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