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St. Aposteln

 

St. Aposteln

St. Aposteln

St. Aposteln is a masterpiece of Romanesque-Hohenstaufen architecture, also because of its tri-conchal chancel in its harmonious form. In fact it's the last of the churches built with a trefoil choir in Cologne at end of the 12th century and therefore one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture.

St. Aposteln
Address: GoogleMapsAn Groß St. Martin 9
50667 Cologne
Phone: 0221/925876-0
Fax: 0221/925876-18
E-Mail: webmaster@st-aposteln.de
Opening hours: Mon. - Sat. 7.30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Remarks: groups please make an appointment
Milestones
10th century The first church was built
11th century Archbishop Pilgrim had a basilica built which remained a monastery boundary until 1802
12th century The Western tower was built
1192 In the East, the trefoil chancel was created
Beginning of the 13th century The naves of the basilica were vaulted
1945 Following the Second World War and the destruction associated with it, the design achieved formerly was reconstructed

The lozenge roof of the western tower is an archetype of Hohenstaufen architecture. In the building's central nave, the 11th century construction period can still be recognised from the coloured sandstone of the pillars. Just by the entrance, inside the church, the statues of the fourteen auxiliary saints are located, and in the east conch, valuable oak religious depictions dating back to the 14th century are on show. However, the most precious piece of church treasure is the Heribert Chalice dating back to the 13th century. It is carved on top with the Apostles, and the base is adorned with pressed medallions.




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