St. Clement Parish Church


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The parish church of St. Clement dates back in its oldest form to the time of Bishop Anno of Cologne (1050-1075).

At that time, the church was a flat-roofed hall with a semicircular apse. After the Counts Heinrich III of Sayn and his wife Mechtildis of Landsberg founded a Cistercian monastery in Drolshagen in 1235, the modest hall church was extended as a basilica. It was not until 1491, in the course of the town fortification, that the present tower was added as a watch and defense tower.

St. Clemens Kirche





St. Clement Parish Church


57489 Drolshagen

Telefon: 02761/71124

The interior of the church surprises with its austere, upturned nave. On the outer chancel wall there are four columns, which are said to be made of sintered limestone from the Roman Eifel aqueduct. When a modern extension was added to the church in the 1960s and the Romanesque church was renovated, Romanesque frescoes were found in the apses of the side aisles. The baptismal font (13th century), a Gothic sacrament box in the choir and a Pieta from the 15th century, as well as Baroque sculptures from the 18th century: a crucifixion group in the choir, the pulpit, the altar of St. Sebastian and the organ prospect from 1787 are also worthy of note.

In the belfry there are six new bronze bells and one steel bell, which is considered the largest in the archdiocese of Paderborn. All bells together have a total weight of about 18 tons.

In recent years, the parish church of St. Clement has been thoroughly renovated. The new altarpiece by the artist Thomas Jessen has become a much-discussed and sensational attraction.

The church is open throughout the year. It is located directly in the city center.

Text: Drolshagen Marketing e. V.

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