Barfüsserkirche, Erfurt

The Barfüsserkirche in Erfurt is an attractive ruin and silent witness to the destruction of war. Built mainly in the 14th century, the large Franciscan church was partially destroyed by WWII bombs. The nave remains in ruins but the restored choir has its 13th-century stained glass windows of St. Francis and a small museum of medieval artifacts.


History of Barfüsserkirche

Construction on the Barfusserkirche began in 1291 and the choir was consecrated in 1316. The nave was finally completed in 1430.

The Franciscan monastery was closed down at the Reformation, and between 1641 and 1648, the monastic buildings were destroyed.

On November 26, 1944, the church was hit by a bomb. Unlike most other German churches, it was never rebuilt. Since 1977, it has housed a museum.

What to See at Barfüsserkirche

The Gothic nave (completed 1430) stands open to the sky, its vault missing and south wall completely destroyed. The north wall and aisle are intact to their full height, however, providing an unusually clear view of the construction of a Gothic nave. It is an impressive and unexpected sight from the quiet street it occupies.

The beautiful Gothic choir (completed 1316) has been restored. It now contains a small museum of religious art, including the church's original 13th-century stained glass windows of St. Francis.

Quick Facts on Barfüsserkirche

Site Information
Categories:churches; museums; ruins
Status: ruins
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:50.975548° N, 11.030231° E
Address:Barfüsserstrasse 20
Erfurt, Germany
Phone:554 560
Hours:Apr-Oct daily 10am-1pm, 2-6pm
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  1. Personal visit (exterior only; March 12, 2008).
  2. Historical marker on the church.
  3. Lonely Planet Germany, 5th ed. (March 2007), 254.

More Information

Glimpse of the ruined Barfüsserkirche from northwest. © Holly Hayes
View of the Barfüsserkirche from southwest. © Holly Hayes
View of ruined nave and west front from southeast. © Holly Hayes
Closer look at the clerestory in the north wall. © Holly Hayes
North arcade of the nave. © Holly Hayes
West side of the choir and tower. © Holly Hayes
South exterior of the restored choir. © Holly Hayes
Entrance door, on the south side of the choir. © Holly Hayes
Weathered relief over the entrance. © Holly Hayes

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