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St. Pantaleon

St. Pantaleon

Cologne, DE

St. Pantaleon is one of the twelve great Romanesque basilicas in the old town of Cologne. The church, built in the 9th century, was included in a Benedictine abbey of the same name until the secularization of the monastery at the end of the 18th century as an abbey church.

Synagogue in Kdyně

Synagogue in Kdyně

Kdyně, CZ

The Synagogue in Kdyně is an Ashkenazi synagogue built in 1862-63, restored in the 1990s. In use until 1936, this Neo-Romanesque brick building now serves as a museum.

St. Maria im Kapitol

St. Maria im Kapitol

Cologne, DE

St. Mary of the Capitol is one of twelve Romanesque basilicas in the old town of Cologne. Built between 1040 and 1065 on an ancient Roman temple, it is the largest Romanesque church in the city.

St. Cäcilien

St. Cäcilien

Cologne, DE

St. Cäcilien is one of twelve Romanesque churches in the old town of Cologne. Built in the 12th century, it was part of the Weiher Monastery from the 15th century to 1802. Since 1956 it houses the Schnütgen Museum of Medieval Art.

Groß St. Martin

Groß St. Martin

Cologne, DE

Groß St. Martin is an imposing Romanesque church in the old town of Cologne. Founded as early as 960 AD, the current building dates from 1150-1250. Partly destroyed during World War II, the building was completely rebuilt in 1985.

Bolzano Cathedral

Bolzano Cathedral

Bolzano, IT

Bolzano Cathedral is based on the remains of a 4th-century Early Christian church, which was replaced by medieval churches in the 8th and 11th centuries, and by the present church in late Gothic style in 1519. Bolzano Cathedral was badly damaged by Allied bombing in 1944, and its restoration in 1948 led to the recovery of the three old churches that stood on the site.

Orval Abbey

Orval Abbey

Florenville, BE

Notre-Dame d'Orval Abbey, generally called Orval Abbey, is a Trappist monastery. Founded by the Benedictines in the 11th century, it was attached to the Order of Cîteaux in 1131. Secularized at the end of the 18th century, the buildings were then abandoned. In 1926, the monastery was rebuilt and in 1936, the monastery regained its status as an abbey. The abbey is known for its brewery, which has been operational since 1931.

Roonstraße Synagogue in Köln

Roonstraße Synagogue in Köln

Köln, DE

The Roonstraße Synagogue in Köln is an Ashkenazi synagogue completed in 1899, restored in 1959. This Neo-Romanesque stone building still serves as a synagogue.

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Köln, DE

The Cologne cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and rightly so. The city has been dominated by the Cathedral's gigantic pair of towers since 1880: it is today the second highest building in Cologne. Its footprint is also impressive, the building covers a total area of almost 8000 square metres. This UNESCO world heritage site is also home to the mortal remains of the Three Kings, which made the Cathedral one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Europe.

Village Church of Gelmeroda

Village Church of Gelmeroda

Weimar, DE

The village church of Gelmeroda was built from the 13th century. At the beginning of the 13th century, the oldest part of the choir tower church was built. The nave was built in the 14-15th century and rebuilt later. During the GDR era, the church was abandoned. The citizens of the village and the surrounding area became active as members of an association and saved the building from decay. After extensive renovation work, the church was consecrated again in 1991 and in 1994 it became the first church in the new Länder to be granted the status of a motorway church.

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