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“Also called the 'Schäferkirche' (Shepherds Church)”

St. Wolfgang's Church
Ranked #31 of 61 things to do in Rothenburg
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Also called the 'Schäferkirche' (Shepherds Church)”
Reviewed 24 September 2010

Built in 1475. This is truely a gem. One must go under the romantic Klingentor to reach this gem. It is a church, stairs up there is a small museum, and stairs down one reaches the kasematten (kind of cellars where centuries ago men slept and defended the town, shooting through the holes). The church is not huge, but very charming! The extirior is worth while as well. Gothic style. The St.-Wolfgangs-Church had a double function. With its embrasures and underground casemates, it was also part of the Klingengate fortifications.

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“Little known Gem”
Reviewed 26 September 2003

I lived in and loved Rothenburg for 5 years. I want to say a bit about St. Wolfgang's church, which is built into the wall at the end of Klingengasse. There is a famous local legend surrounding it and the shepherds that worshipped there. It is said that hundreds of years ago, some shepherds discovered that the Tauber river water had been poisoned and they quickly warned the town, saving its residents from certain death. They were rewared by receiving the Mayor's permission to hold a celebration dance in the market square, which they do to this day.
Above the church is a small shepherd's museum and this is the only way to gain access to a very interesting interior section of the town wall.

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