Main facade with stairs

General view St. Kamillus and monastery

Main facade

Exterior view choir side

View to the choir after conversion

view into the choir

Church window in the choir

Ceiling view

View from the gallery towards the choir

View from the gallery towards the choir

View upwards to the galleries

High round arched window

Interior after conversion to a columbarium, view of the gallery

Church interior with view to the galleries

Columbarium in the area of the galleries

View along the urn cabinets to the window

Urn cabinets with illuminated marble and brass panels

Columbarium in the gallery

Stained glass window in the gallery

Columbarium in the gallery

Columbarium on the top gallery

Staircase from below

Staircase from above

St. Kamillus Mönchengladbach

Kamillianerstraße 40, 41069 Mönchengladbach

1928-31 / 2015 (Umbau zum Kolumbarium)


bdmp Architekten BDA
(vonversion columbarium)
Architekt Dominikus Böhm

Deutsche Kamillianerprovinz
(vonversion columbarium)
St. Kamillus Kolumbarium GmbH

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St. Kamillus Mönchengladbach

The south-west-pointing Camillian church was built in accordance with plans by Dominikus Böhm. It is situated in an urbanistically exposed location in the former “Quack’scher Garten” lined by common beeches in the district of Mönchengladbach-Dahl and, to its south, is connected to the novitiate, the convent with a two-storey cloister and the hospital. The bricked entrance facade with its perron can be seen from afar. The main portal flanked by two narrow arch window is in a facade-high, stepped arched niche, which – like the side windows – features a Böhm imitation glazing. The reserved pattern of the facade mainly characterised by closed brickwork is varied by brick-on-end courses, semi-circular arches, spikes, acoustic arcades and facing headers. On working days, the church can be accessed on the back of the entrance part, here also serving as a chapel. The longitudinal high hall with a low side nave in the south is seamlessly continued into the semi-circular glazed sanctuary. Böhm thus follows the liturgical movement’s demands to see sanctuary and congregation as a unity. The spatial effect of the sanctuary flooded by light coming in through 21 high and narrow windows between slim concrete struts is supported by the strict pattern of the ceiling slanting down to the sanctuary. Toward the entrance part, it is continued in the pattern of the four-storey arcade wall, whose galleries are directly accessible from the adjacent hospital. War damages necessitated the renovation of the ceiling above the nave and the furnishings. The organ, originally up on the gallery, has been replaced by a new one (1994) by organ maker Martin Scholz at the place of the former pulpit. In the sanctuary, next to the modern altar now in the foreground we still find the original high altar with its stone screen. Under the sanctuary, we have the column-supported crypt accessible from the side nave and lit through small and rectangular windows.

Author: Dr. Karl-Heinz Schumacher / Editorial baukunst-nrw
Last changed on 20.03.2023


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