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Parish Church of St Michael, Jena

Architecture · Saaleland · 148 m · open today
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  • St. Michael und JenTower - Jena
    St. Michael und JenTower - Jena
    Photo: Jens Hauspurg, Thüringer Tourismusverband Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V.
Originally built as a vicarage, the history of St Michael’s can be traced back to 1282, when a vicar was first mentioned. Until 1525, the church was part of a Cistercian abbey, which was dissolved during the Reformation.

The Reformation was an extremely important event for Jena and the neighbouring towns and villages. Martin Luther often preached in the parish church in Jena and debated at what is now the ‘Hotel Schwarzer Bär’ and in the surrounding area with students, friends and critics.

The late Gothic aisle church with its impressive façade houses a stone Gothic pulpit where Luther preached and the Reformer’s original gravestone, which was created in 1549 by the Erfurt-based bell founder Heinrich Ziegler according to an image drawn by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Opening hours

open today
Open Apr 11, 2023 through Dec 31, 2023 from Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat 10:00–17:00 .
Open Apr 11, 2023 through Dec 31, 2023 from Mon and Sun 12:00–17:00 .
May – October:
Mon: 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tours (May – October):
Every Thursday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Update: May 25, 2023

Public transport

The church is located in the city centre and can be accessed via the tram system. Get off at 'Stadtzentrum Löbdergraben'.

By road

Follow the B7 into the city until you get to 'Fürstengraben'. Turn left into 'Weigelstraße' when you come level with the Botanical Gardens.


Please use the car park 'Hinter der Kirche'. Link


50.928991, 11.587502
50°55'44.4"N 11°35'15.0"E
32U 681828 5645117
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Parish Church of St Michael, Jena

Kirchplatz 1
07743 Jena
Phone +49 3641 57380

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