St. Maria Lyskirchen

Cologne, Germany

St. Maria Lyskirchen is the smallest of the twelve Romanesque churches in Cologne. It was founded in 948, and the present building dates from 1210-1220, with some later additions in the Gothic style. The upper parts of the west front were rebuilt in the 19th century. The church is in the form of a three-aisled basilica, with a chancel flanked by two towers, only one of which was constructed to its full height, and an eastern apse. The building received only minor damage during the wars.

The church has a sculptured Romanesque portal, and a cycle of 13th century ceiling paintings. Rediscovered in the 19th century, they are unique in Cologne and show stories from the Old and New Testaments. The church contains the 'Schiffermadonna' (Seaman's Madonna), a wooden statue of 1420. A triptych by Joos van Cleve, with a central panel of the Lamentation, was sold in 1812; a few years later it was replaced with a copy by Benedikt Beckenkamp, which remains in the church.

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Founded: 1210-1220
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Eugen Safin (10 months ago)
Quiet and peaceful church. Great experience!
Morteza Mohammadi (14 months ago)
Ok
Bibi Bibubobo (2 years ago)
St. Mary in Lyskirchen is the smallest of the twelve large Romanesque basilicas in the old town of Cologne. The Roman Catholic parish church belongs to the archbishopric of Cologne and is located in the old town south. It was built in its present form as a three-aisled basilica between 1198/1200 and 1225. St. Mary in Lyskirchen is characterized by historical vault frescoes from the 13th century. The name Lyskirchen is probably derived from a Mr. Lisolvus or Lysolfus, who built the original building as a church of its own. The church as well as the attached sexton house and the sacristy are listed buildings.
mike elliott (2 years ago)
A very little quaint church. If you weren't looking for it you would miss it. Very beautiful. When I went there wasnt alot of people there. So I would suggest going there to get away from the crowds. It was very peaceful inside. Very beautiful on the inside and out.
Don Miller (2 years ago)
Wonderful gothic church with an excellent organ - fortunate to hear organist practicing a recital!
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