Basilica of St. Severin

Cologne, Germany

The Basilica of St. Severin is one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne. St. Severin was established in the late 4th century as a memorial chapel and extended several times. The oldest parts of today's building date back to the 10th century. 

The church has been extended and enlarged several times. On the passable archaeological dig area under the church in the midst of a Roman graveyard the foundation remains of the original building can be viewed.

St. Severin still owns rich furnishing: the murals in the crypta, the choral equipment with a part of the medieval floor, the original choir seating and the high altar, behind which the Shrine to the Holy Severin is shown, so that the believers could walk under it.

The forked crucifix from the 14th century and the late Gothic glass paintings in the long nave are also remarkable. The external impression is primarily Gothic as only the choir chancel remained Romanesque.

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Founded: 10th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)

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Cypran Akubude (15 months ago)
Didn't have the chance to go in but still can't deny how beautiful this church is from the outside
Bibi Bibubobo (2 years ago)
The Catholic parish church of St. Severin is one of the twelve Romanesque basilicas of Cologne, dedicated to the third bishop of Cologne, Saint Severin. Today's Severinstraße, named after the church of St. Severin, was in Roman times the leading southern arterial road to Bonn. The city’s burial sites were located on both sides of the street. In the 4th century, a small rectangular hall (cella memoriae) was built here under the present nave of St. Severin with apse to the west. After extensions in the 6th and 8th centuries, the construction of a Romanesque basilica was begun and completed around 900.
AZIZ TAOUSSI (2 years ago)
It's a wonderful place ! I feel like the time stoped
Lisa Fontannaz (2 years ago)
buzzing outside. calm and peaceful inside.
Vijayshree Patil (2 years ago)
This is very ancient place, i really loved to visit this place again and again. It was very beautiful Church i have ever seen.
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