Church of St. Sylvester

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The Church of St. Sylvester looks back on a long and eventful history. Its predecessor was the first ever church to be built in Wernigerode. It was erected on a hill known as the ‘Klint’, the site of the first Wernigerode settlement. The old German word ‘Klint’ means ‘hill’. The roestone that figures so prevalently in the buildings of Wernigerode was mined here until the 15th century. There is no trace of the first church, which was dedicated to St. George. The Church of Our Lady took over as parish church in the year 1230. St. George’s was given to the Benedictine order, which had a new Benedictine chapter of canons built in 1265. The new church was dedicated to St. Sylvester, and was often chosen as the final resting place for the counts of Stolberg-Wernigerode. Indeed the last count of Wernigerode, Count Heinrich, was interred here in the 15th century...

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Church of St. Sylvester

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