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Known as "St. Nikolai" up until the 20th century, the early-gothic church located here is named after Nikolaus, a 4th century bishop who lived in the country of Turkey.
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The red standstone sculpture on the southeast wall depicts Christ as the Man of Sorrows. This sculpture, which is a copy of the original on display in the Historical Museum, dates back to 1370.
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The Alte Nikolaikirche on the Römerberg was originally built as a court chapel, whose chaplain was appointed by the King.
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The Alte Nikolaikirche (Old Nicholas Church) is the only Protestant church far and wide, which opens its doors each day to the hundreds of visitors and tourists, congregational members and passers-by, city employees and people in distress seeking a place of quiet rest and inspiration, information and assistance.
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We created in June 2001 the "Patronatsverein Alte Nikolaikirche Frankfurt/Main e.V." (the Endowment of Frankfurt's Old St. Nicholas' Church), with the avowed goal of sustaining our church home in Frankfurt's historic Römerberg.
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Both congregational members and tourists/visitors are warmly welcomed to all worship services at the church.
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Two names for one church? Indeed, the church building is called the Alte Nikolaikirche, but the Protestant congregation which has worshiped there since 1949 is the German-speaking St. Paul's congregation.
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