Heidenturmkirchen - churches with a "pagan tower"

Project information

Index: 1146R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location GERMANY RHEINLAND-PFALZ Alsheim, Dittelsheim Rheinhessen-Pfalz Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2009
End: 2012

Topic of the practice

cultural tourism, new ways of handling religious heritage, support of church communities, support of SMEs in cultural tourism

Good Practice Information

The 4 "Heidenturmkirchen“ (churches with a "pagan tower“) are located in Rhinehessen, a region of Rhineland-Palatinate south of the capital Mainz. The particularity of these churches is their church tower cupolas which remind of building components of oriental churches. 2 churches were renovated recently and the Protestant Church (owner) set up a consortium of partners who jointly developed
cultural touristic offers with the churches. The project is financed by public and private money. Key success factors are the cooperation on local level and the inclusion of local stakeholders, cooperative financing models and the stimulation of local participation with local key actors as supporters. Cultural heritage in connection with tourism is seen as a major issue in regional development.

Evidence of success

Cultural heritage assets were renovated and connected together based on the identification of a unique selling proposition. Additional services like mobility services were created. There are strong partners who are organised very well: parishes, vineries, groups of local people, women farmers’ associations, etc. All together about 80 jobs and business opportunities were created or safeguarded.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Karin Drda-Kühn

media k GmbH



Annex completed on: 04-29-2013

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