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“A dissapointment”
Review of St. Mathias Church

St. Mathias Church
Ranked #22 of 181 things to do in Trier
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Olen, Belgium
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“A dissapointment”
Reviewed 5 June 2012

1148, Abbey church (pelgrimage church): baroque façade, rib vault, the Tomb of the Apostle, with a barefooted marble effigy of Matthias, crypt also contains two large sarcophagi inscripted with Latin names. St. Matthias Abbey Church overlooks a spacious plaza surrounded by attractive white buildings. The Romanesque church is plastered and painted white with orange accents. The Church has a "Westwork" at the end of the Westside, with a tower of blind arcades and a gallery inside. Two Roman towers in the East. The Romanesque nave has square piers and simple round arches without decoration, lit by small Windows. The church has been given the status of a basilica minor. As its exterior is graceful and thus promising, its interior was to me a let down.

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Olen, Belgium
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659 reviews
635 attraction reviews
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“Benedictine Abbey St. Eucharius - St. Matthias”
Reviewed 5 June 2012

Its history goes back to the 3th / 4th Century. The abbey was originally named after Saint Eucharius, first Bishop of Trier, whose tomb is in the crypt. The monastery adopted the Rule of St. Benedict in 977. Passed through the Reformation almost unscathed, but was badly affected by wars, looting, and conflicts with various bishops or abbots. The last abbot was 1783 relieved of his office, later actual dissolution of the abbey, prior’s management. During French Revolution the abbey buildings were requisitioned by the French army, monks obliged to leave, living 1794-1802 in the parish house (Mattheiser Pfarrhaus). Abbey was 1802 nationalised and secularised. The premises sold off, local businessman Ch P Nell acquired bulk of the main building complex and used it with little alteration as residence, thus preserving it from the demolition and gross alterations for industrial purposes that befell many other monastic buildings at this period. 19th Century several attempts to revive the monastery, monks from Seckau Abbey (part of Beuron Congregation) moved into the Mattheiser Pfarrhaus after World War I. October 1922 the main building complex was rededicated as a Benedictine abbey and resettled. The new community joined the Beuron Congregation. 1941 the National Socialist government suspended the monastery and the monks moved to Maria Laach Abbey. After their return in 1945 there was dissension over the care of the parish of St. Matthias, which was now independent of the Benedictine order, for whom parochial duties with the secure income they provided represented a staple economic resource. It was recommended that the monastic community should move to Tholey Abbey in the Saarland, a move which split the community between those who were willing to go to Tholey, and those who preferred to stay in Trier. Those monks who remained in St. Matthias' became independent of any congregation, and remained so until 1981, when they joined the Congregation of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Congregatio Annuntiationis BMV). The bones of the Apostle Mattias would be commissioned by Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I, and transferred to Trier. Since the 12th. Century is the tomb containg the relics of the Apostle Matthias being whorshipped in the Romanesque Basilica.

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