The **Lutheran Protestant Church of St. Reinold** (German: *Reinoldikirche*) is the oldest extant church in Dortmund, Germany. It is dedicated to **Reinold**, also known as **Renaud de Montauban**, the city’s patron. The church was originally built as a palatine church during the Ottonian era. The present building combines late Romanesque architecture with a late Gothic choir. St. Reinold’s was constructed between 1250 and 1270 and is centrally located at the intersection of the Hellweg (a historic trade route) and the road from Cologne to Bremen. The congregation of St. Reinoldi is part of the **Evangelical Church of Westphalia**, which includes Lutheran, Reformed, and united Protestant congregations. The church’s tower, which stands at 104 meters (341 feet), can be visited, allowing access to the first platform by the bell tower. Inside, you’ll find a large set of bells, including the largest cast steel bell in Westphalia, weighing 6,500 kg and measuring 2.50 meters in diameter. The church’s tower has a fascinating history, including its completion in 1454, collapse in 1661 due to an earthquake, and subsequent reconstruction. In recent times, it even played a role in drowning out neo-Nazi slogans during an occupation by right-wing extremists. If you’re ever in Dortmund, consider visiting this historic landmark! ³¹³

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