St. Cäcilien





Museum Schnütgen / St. Cäcilien

The medieval piece of culture, which provides visitors with an outstanding image of the major style periods, is located in the church »St. Cäcilien« at Neumarkt, including ecclesiastical art from the early Middle Ages to the Baroque era, ivory carvings, goldsmith´s work and wood sculptures.

Museum Schnütgen / St. Cäcilien
Address: GoogleMapsCäcilienstr. 29
50667 Cologne
Phone: 0221/221-31355
Fax: 0221/221-28489
Opening hours: Tue. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thu. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Prices: € 6.- / € 3.50 (not for special exhibitions)
Remarks: Special exhibitions: possible change in opening times and prices; for groups advance booking is necessary
1150-60 The pillared basilica of St. Cäcilien's was built and used as a church by a noble religious institution for women
1848/49 The church was altered; the western façade dates back to this period
1906 Alexander Schnütgen donates hisecclesiastical art collection to the city of Cologne
1910 First presentation of the collection at Hansaring as part of the Museum of Applied Art
1936 Opening of the »Schnütgen-Museum der Hanse-Stadt Köln« in St. Heribert abbey
1939-45 As a result of the aerial bombardment during the Second World War, St. Cäcilien's was badly damaged
1945 Destruction of St. Heribert abbey during a bombing. The collection survives the war without damage
after 1945 The church was newly built and restored
1956 The Schnütgen Museum moved into the former church of St. Cäcilien
2003 New thematical orientation of the collection

Together with St. Peter's, St. Cäcilien - a Romanesque pillared basilica - formed the only example of a double-church complex in Cologne. Prior to the Second World War, both churches were linked together by a passageway; this has now been replaced by a wall with a Romanesque gate. St. Cäcilien's is worth seeing due to the Schütgen Museum inside. Thus in the church, the visitor will come across one of the most important collections of medieval church art. On the North facade a tympanum relief from about 1160 can be cherished.

The Romanesque church offers an ideal atmosphere for architecture and exhibition pieces. Approximately 700 of the 13,000 exhibit collection, including sculptures, gold and ivory work. Presentations and regular concerts round off what the museum has to offer.

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