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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Jason Roach (6 months ago)
Stunningly beautiful!!!
BradJill (17 months 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.
Bullitt 78 (2 years ago)
The church is not very big and for me was kind of hard to find but it’s absolutely amazing inside. The whole place is covered with a interior fence but it’s absolutely a must see when it comes to this area.
lee devlin (3 years ago)
Rococo art at its best.. enough said.. 1 star off because of the iron grills
lee devlin (3 years ago)
Rococo art at its best.. enough said.. 1 star off because of the iron grills
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