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“Interesting building”

Saint Gereon's Basilica
Ranked #28 of 271 things to do in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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.
Reviewed 15 September 2013

Architecturally unusual and well worth a visit but could be better lit inside. Good landmark and nicely lit up outside at night.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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.

Thank Peter S
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