Photographer's Note

Primal Parish Church

This is the small church of the village Reelkirchen (~ 850 inhabitants) in the very north-east of the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia. Yesterday I showed you the moated castle there.

Already in the year 850 a church was erected here; the today's church was built about 1190. In the 9th century Reelkirchen was the centre of Christian mission within a large radius, a so called primal parish. In 1538 count Bernhard VIII of Lippe decided to convert to the new, the protestant, faith and - cuius regio, eius religio - the people of the whole region had to convert too.

The founding of it's today's bell took place in the year 1492 - when Columbus reached America.

In the workshop you can see another view of this church
Reelkirchen also is famous for it's thousand years old lime tree next to this church.

Using the map "view" function at the left you can zoom in (please click several times at +) exactly to this church and the lime tree at the right (east) of it

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