St. Petri Church

**St. Peter’s Church** in Dortmund, Westphalia, Germany, is an urban hall church built in the High Gothic style  Its central nave and side aisles are of the same height, closely resembling the ideal type of this church form. The building has an almost square plan with a relatively short chancel

The church was begun in 1322 and is constructed from light sandstone. It features original medieval transverse gable roofs over the side aisles, creating a series of small pointed gables. The spire, which collapsed in **1752**, was restored to its historic height in **1981** after World War II. The spire now stands at approximately 60 meters  making it an impressive landmark. The total height of the Petrikirche, including the tower, is 105 meters  after restoration³.

Inside St. Petri, you’ll find the **Golden Wonder of Westphalia**, a magnificent carved altar. This late Gothic winged altar (Antwerp retable) dates back to **1521**. When closed, it depicts the adoration of the Eucharist, and when opened, it reveals **36 detailed images**. The holiday page showcases **30 compartments** with gilded carved figures. A non-profit association called “The Golden Miracle in St. Petri eV” collects donations for its repair and preservation. Additionally, the church houses a new organ inaugurated in **2015**³.

If you’re in Dortmund, a visit to St. Peter’s Church is definitely worth your time! ️⁶

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