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Catholic Church of St. Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl


An attractive neo-Romanesque building


The tall tower of St. Johannes-Nepomuk with its green top dominates the skyline of Kehl. The original catholic church along with  other churches was destroyed in the Siege of Kehl in 1793 and the government only allowed one church to be built. Known as Friendeskirche, this served both Protestant and Catholic congregations until the large neo-Romanesque St Johannes Nepomuk was built at the beginning of the C20th. There is no information in the church and little on the web.

It is a very large building and almost impossible to photograph from the outside because of houses or trees.

Catholic Church of St.
                Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

Catholic Church of St. Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

There is a huge painting of the Ascension above the east doorway on Gustav-Weis-Strasse.

Catholic Church of St.
                Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

Entry is through the side door. At the back directly opposite the door is a small chapel set in an apse with a carving of the Virgin holding the dead body of Christ.

Catholic Church of St.
                Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

Inside it is a huge church and feels quite dark with grey stone pillars and grey walls. Arcades of round pillars with round arches separate the nave from the side aisles. These are lined with confessionals. The stained glass is made up of geometric shapes of in shades white, grey, pink & purple.  Between the arches are statues of saints. The underside of the arches and the ceiling ribs are painted in a Celtic design with blue, grey and gold swirls.

Catholic Church of St. Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

At the back is a gallery supported by pillars and round arches which contains the organ. 

Catholic Church of St. Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

On the crossing pillar is the pulpit. The very modern font is in the south aisle.

Catholic Church of St.
                Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl    Catholic Church of St. Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl
  
At the ends of the side aisles are chapels with large paintings of the Stations of the Cross on the walls. The north chapel is the Lady Chapel with a  statue of the Virgin above the altar.

Catholic Church of St. Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

Catholic Church of St.
                Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

The chancel arch has the Lamb of God at the top.

Catholic Church of St. Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

Steps lead up to the high alter in an apse. This has carvings of angels on either side of the host box with the symbols of the passion. Above is a scene of the crucifixion.

Catholic Church of St.
                Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

 The small apses on either side of the chancel also have altars.

 Catholic Church of St.
                Johannes-Nepomuk, Kehl

This is a very attractive church and is open daily. It is a short walk from the town centre.

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