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Saint Gereon's Basilica

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Hidden Gem

Slightly hidden and doesn't look like much from the outside, but the interior was by far our... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2018
kimbermay
Lovely church

This unique church was a pleasure to wander through. We enjoyed the crypt and mosaics, which were... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Tracy S
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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...more
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Gereonskloster 2, 50670 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Cologne is of course foremost known for its magnificient cathedral, and fewer people know that it harbours another equally significant treasure of medieval ecclestial architecture, namely the 12 romanesque churches, of which St. Gereon is a prime example. It is indeed one of the oldest...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2015

From outside, it is indeed the church seems to be grand and stunning. But from inside, to be honest in my opinion it really looks normal to me (compared to other grand churches/cathedral that I have seen in Europe).

1  Thank LinoYogya
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Reviewed 16 August 2018

Slightly hidden and doesn't look like much from the outside, but the interior was by far our favourite from the trip. It's elegant and so so beautiful on the inside, not at all busy and we were able to enjoy a really peaceful visit.

Thank kimbermay
Reviewed 20 June 2018

This unique church was a pleasure to wander through. We enjoyed the crypt and mosaics, which were unexpected. If you enjoy history and churches, it's worth a visit.

Thank Tracy S
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Somewhat off the beaten track, this massive octagonal basilica with choir and extensive crypt with shrine and some remaining wall paintings is well worth a visit I love Romanesque. And the itinerary of 12 romanesque churches in Cologne is important . Pick up a leaflet...More

2  Thank Aquinasmagister
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Saint Gereon's Basilica is thus far, my favorite church in Germany. It is stunning without being ostentatious. Uncrowded and unpretentious with artistic charm that invites you to stay awhile and soak in the serenity.

1  Thank Gina G
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

Saint Gereon's Basilica is yet another beautiful church to be found in Cologne. The church is yet another really old church with the foundations going back to the 11th Century,it's a wonderful evocative church and looks awesome when viewed for the first time. The Romanesque...More

Thank 293neilk
Reviewed 16 December 2017

St Gereon is one of the patron saints of the city of Cologne, supposedly martyred here. The original Romanesque church was expanded upwards as well as lengthwise in the gothic era, but still presents a harmonious unity. The altar is at the far edge of...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 17 October 2017

It’s lovely and spiritual to religious and non religious folks. Cologne is nice but small, you should visit this if you have lots of time.

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Well worth a visit in a very quite area We were lucky we had a guide to inform us of history back to the Romans

Thank jodycav
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Most churches have rectangular plans, but the most important part of this one is a decagon. It's quite elaborate, and it contains stained glass windows created after the Second World War. My favorite windows are the ones in black-and-white patterns, but others high up are...More

Thank Carol K
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This church was virtually deserted when we arrived as opposed to the Dom. In its way it is as spectacular as the Dom in its beauty. There was a very helpful attendant with whom we talked with for quite a while. She informed us about...More

1  Thank brvln
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