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“Very beautiful, and so different from the Dom.”

Saint Gereon's Basilica
Ranked #32 of 243 things to do in Cologne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of Cologne's 12 churches built in Romenesque style, Saint Gereon's Basilica dates to the 11th century and has unique architectural features including a dome, an intricate floor mosaic of David and Goliath and the remains of Roman walls. Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. It is not possible to visit the church during Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Very beautiful, and so different from the Dom.”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

So much of St Gereon had to be reconstructed after World War II, it is odd to see so much new brick and stone, but there are still original floor mosaics in the crypt and elsewhere enough remnants of the 13th century building that it is definitely worth a visit. The scale is so intimate, and the feeling so different from the soaring Gothic vaults of the Cologne Cathedral, that St Gereon makes a great contrast architecturally to the Dom. We were the first visitors of the day on a recent Saturday morning, and got a personal tour from the building's caretaker who was very kind and showed us Roman tombstones embedded in the wall of the sacristy and the floor mosaic of the signs of the zodiac in the crypt. Saint Gereon is located in a quiet residential neighborhood not far from the Zeughaus (city of Cologne museum).

Visited June 2013
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Rimini
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“Slightly disconcerting”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

It is a beautiful model of the original medieval structure. Considering the options I expect rebuilding the old structure does make sense. I does look incredibly odd to me though in the new bricks! There is a little of the old walls still visible and this gives one an idea of what was lost. I great pity.

I see it is still used today as a church which is also very practical.

Visited July 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“a catholic church in Deutschland”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

Very old building with interesting towers, the window glasses has to be seen. Very quite area to travel around and also visiting gallerias

Visited June 2013
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Canakkale, Turkey
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“Amazing basilica”
Reviewed 29 December 2012

Unique church (in design). Not very well interpreted on site, but still very worthwhile to visit. It's a kilometre or so from the Dom.

Visited December 2012
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“Really beautiful”
Reviewed 14 October 2012

Only a few minutes walking from Cologne Dom, you can find another monument that puts Cologne in the great citys to visit. In my opinion, if you miss the inside views, don't worry, cause after you were at the Dom, you will not find anything better. But with the outside visit you'll be enough satisfied with this beauty.

Visited October 2012
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