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“Romanesque beauty”

Saint Gereon's Basilica
Ranked #28 of 242 things to do in Cologne
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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.
Sydney, Australia
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“Romanesque beauty”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

Cologne's fall from grace at the beginning of the Reformation had the blessing that since the city had so little money they unintentionally saved many of their Romanesque churches from falling victim to the baroque. St Gereon's should be seen on a sunny day when the contemporary glass shines. Failing that, the glass is still pretty impressive. You enter into an eight-sided first church (8 for the 7 days of Creation and the Day of Resurrection)
and before you see the raised upper church built over the tomb of the saint. Ask to see the crypt.

Visited November 2013
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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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“Interesting building”
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.

Visited September 2013
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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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