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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Dorothea Böning (6 months ago)
Eine der ältesten Romanischen Kirchen in Köln
Heinz Fey (8 months ago)
Sehenswerte Kirche.
Peter Rintz (9 months ago)
Eine der kleineren Kirchen in Köln
Michael Stahl (11 months ago)
Sehr schönes Gotteshaus, lädt zur Andacht ein. Etwas abseits und nicht du überlaufen. War schön....
Monika S (14 months ago)
Herrliche Fresken schmücken das Innere der außen eher unscheinbaren kleinen romanischen Kirche aus dem 13. Jahrhundert, mit Hochwasser-Marken außen. Innen auf einem Fresko ein echter „kölscher Jesus“ – er steht in der „Bütt“. Auch eine antike Säule ist zu sehen. Diesmal sah ich die Kirche vom Rhein her – sie war Kirche der Schiffer & Fischer und liegt am Rhein-Ufer – sehr schön vom Schiff aus.
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