Saint Paul´s Church is a symbol for democracy in Germany. It is also known as ‘Paulskirche’. It was built between 1789 and 1833.
The previous church was where Germany's kings and emperors had been crowned since 1253. As with most churches, it had some structural changes, and importance came again:
From the mid 19th century, representatives of the German National Assembly met and created the first German Parliament. They formed the basics of democracy.
Paulskirche was destroyed in air-raids during World War Two, rebuilt, and is now used for festive events.
The elliptical, red sandstone building follows a classical form, and commemorative plaques on its façade recall famous politicians and honorary citizens of the city, while on its north side is a monument to the victims of National Socialism.
Of interest are the early democratic movements in Frankfurt: Early factional parties were named after the casinos where their respective members met.
Saints Pauls is open daily, 10.00 a.m. – 17.00 p.m.
Inside is a museum that is easy to view within a half hour.
On special occasions, next to the church are markets (including the famous Christmas Markets), festivals or exhibitions.