Alte Kapelle

Regensburg, Germany

According a tradition collegiate church of Our Dear Lady of the Old Chapel (Alte Kapelle) dates from Roman times. In the 18th century the Romanesque basilica was magnificently rebuilt in the Bavarian rococo style. Of special interest is the new organ which was dedicated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 during his visit to Regensburg.


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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)

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david antoun (4 months ago)
a basilic from the era of the holy roman empire. now on the baroque style with rococo ceiling. very old and impressive.
Gary Parker (6 months ago)
One of the most beautiful Basilica's we've ever seen. So glad we went in and spent some time just sitting and taking it all .
Anuar T (6 months ago)
The Roman Catholic Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Old Chapel (short: Collegiate Church of the Old Chapel or Old Chapel) on the Old Kornmarkt in Regensburg is the main church of the collegiate monastery of Our Lady of the Old Chapel, the oldest existing collegiate monastery in Bavaria, and the oldest Church of Regensburg. In terms of art history, it is considered one of the most important rococo churches in Bavaria. According to legend, it is also said to be the oldest church and therefore the mother church of Bavaria, from which the Christianization of the country began, and stands on the site of a Roman temple to Juno. The core of today's building dates back to the Ottonian period, when the collegiate monastery was founded in 1002 by Henry II and his wife Kunigunde. The elevated choir, on the other hand, was only built in the middle of the 15th century and is designed in the late Gothic style. After a thorough redesign in the second half of the 18th century, the rococo style dominates the interior.
Jason Roach (4 years ago)
Stunningly beautiful!!!
BradJill (4 years ago)
The Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady is the oldest Catholic place of worship in Bavaria and one of the most important churches in Regensburg. It is located on Alter Kornmarkt to the east of Dom St. Peter's in the historic city centre. The church was originally founded around 1000 when a Romanesque abbey was built at this location. In the 18th-century the interior nave was given a Baroque and Rococo redesign. It is considered a Rococo masterpiece in the manner of the Wessobrunn School. The exterior is rather subtle and unassuming. However, once you enter the main chapel area, you will see an immaculate nave and interior with ornate decoration, endless gilding, artworks, ceiling fresco and elaborate high altar. There is much to feast your eyes upon within Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady. It is well worth simply taking a seat and enjoying what is around and above you within the church. Note, you can conveniently visit Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady before or after other interesting churches in the area. These include the Carmelite Church of St. Joseph on the other side of the square and St. Peter's Cathedral just a couple minutes walk west of this location.
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