Propsteikirche, Dortmund

Propsteikirche is the common name of a church in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the only Catholic church in the city centre. The full name is Propsteikirche St. Johannes Baptist Dortmund. It was built from 1331 as the abbey church of a Dominican monastery. Consecrated in 1458, it features a late-Gothic high altar by Derick Baegert which shows the oldest depiction of Dortmund.

Propsteikirche St. Johannes Baptist
Propsteikirche, Dortmund 2006.jpg
Propsteikirche is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Propsteikirche is located in Germany
51°30′49″N 07°27′46″E / 51.51361°N 7.46278°E / 51.51361; 7.46278Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 07°27′46″E / 51.51361°N 7.46278°E / 51.51361; 7.46278
LocationDortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
DedicationJohn the Baptist
Functional statusactive
Heritage designationlisted
Architectural typehall church
Demolished1943, rebuilt 1947–66
DioceseDiocese of Paderborn

The church became the first Catholic church in Dortmund after the Reformation, a Propsteikirche from 1859. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt until 1966. Its organ, built in 1988, makes it a concert venue.


A Dominican abbey was founded in Dortmund in 1330, and a first abbey church was built from 1331 to 1353, consecrated in 1354, dedicated to John the Baptist. It was soon expanded to a Gothic hall church, begun in 1404 and consecrated in 1458.[1][2] The church of a mendicant order, it was mainly a place for prayer and built simple and without a steeple.[3] The abbey was dissolved during the secularization in 1816. The church became the first Catholic parish church in Dortmund after the Reformation in 1819. It was promoted to a Provost church [de] in 1859. The former abbey buildings were used to house the priest and as school buildings.[2]

The church was destroyed in World War II in 1943. Its most important art treasures had been removed, surviving the war. The church was rebuilt from 1947 to 1967.[1] It is a listed monument.[2]


The church features a late-Gothic high altar by Derick Baegert, focused on the themes of the Passion and Crucifixion. It shows in the background of the left panel the oldest depiction of Dortmund.[1]

Altar triptych from the Propsteikirche in Dortmund


The organ
Cloisters in 1894
Cloisters in 2013

The present organ was built in 1988 by Siegfried Sauer [de]. It is often used for concerts and recordings. It is a universal organ with 52 stops on three manuals and pedal.[4]


  • Elisabeth Baxhenrich-Hartmann, Der Hochaltar des Derick Baegert in der Propsteikirche zu Dortmund, Studien zur Kunst- und Dominikanergeschichte Dortmunds in der 2. Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts, Dortmund 1984
  • Rolf Fritz, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Derick Baegert, Hochaltar der Propsteikirche Dortmund, Dortmund 1963
  • Theodor Rensing, Das Dortmunder Dominikanerkloster (1309–1816), Münster 1936
  • Norbert Reimann, Dortmund-Dominikaner, in: Westfälisches Urkundenbuch, Bd. 1, Münster 1992, S. 261–268.
  • Wolfgang Rinke: Dortmunder Kirchen des Mittelalters. Dortmund 1991, ISBN 3-7932-5032-6
  • Wolfgang Rinke: Der Altar in der Propsteikirche zu Dortmund – Geschichte, Kunstgeschichte, Bildbeschreibung. Cramers Kunstanstalt, Dortmund 1992. ISBN 3-924302-53-7
  • Thomas Schilp, Barbara Welzel: Die Dortmunder Dominikaner im späten Mittelalter und die Propsteikirche als Erinnerungsort. Verlag für Regionalgeschichte. Bielefeld 2006. ISBN 3-89534-628-4


  1. ^ a b c Glas, Rüdiger. "Propsteikirche St. Johannes d. T. Dortmund". baukunst-nrw (in German). Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Nr. 0375" (PDF). Denkmalliste der Stadt Dortmund (in German). 14 April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Dominikaner kommen nach Dortmund". Baudenkmale im Ruhrgebiet (in German). Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  4. ^ Orgel Propsteikirche

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