People go to visit churches in remote places because a saint was there and some bones are displayed, because miracles happened, or because you go to heaven if you do so…I went to Gelsenkirchen to visit Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche by Josef Franke, a landmark for expressionist architecture. Gelsenkirchen appears now as a not-so-prosperous town with unsafe suburbs, but, between the wars, it was a rich dynamic place.
Of course, this church was closed, too. Nobody answered the number shown outside. I chatted with a lady from the community center that gave me some information about other brick buildings in the town. She didn’t know when th ebuilding will b eopen, since it is not in use anymore. Ironically, she said it might be converted into a mosque, taking into account the neighborhood. I wouldn’t mind, as long as the muslims will keep the building open to the public, endeavour at which the christians failed.
The church is surrounded by a kindergarden.
The brochure I got a t the community centre at the left of the church indicated some other buildings in the brick expressionist style.