St. Severin, a superb example of late-Gothic Romanesque style grew from a small, poor church built in the middle of a Roman ... More
St. Severin, a superb example of late-Gothic Romanesque style grew from a small, poor church built in the middle of a Roman burial ground. A more imposing building was constructed in the 10th century, and underwent repeated minor alteration until the mid-sixteenth century. In the choir (around 1237) is the shrine to the canonized Cologne bishop Severinus, who, according to legend, performed various miraculous deeds. He was canonized and is also called Saint Severin. The bones of the saint are also said to have lain in the church since the year 1948. It was the custom in the Middle Ages to touch the coffin with the end of a piece of cloth, which could then be taken home as a relic in its own right.
The smallest of Cologne's twelve Romanesque churches is St Maria Lyskirchen, built from 1210 to 1220. According to experts, it
is also the least significant. The church was preserved largely intact during the Second World War: only the roof ...
The only big Baroque church in Cologne was built by Christoph Wamser from Aschaffenburg for the Jesuits and first completed
in 1715. The inside of the church was decorated in Gothic style as appropriate to the Counterreformation. After the ...
Anyone who's interested in television and broadcasting, and would like to catch a glimpse behind the scenes should definitely take
one of the guided tours of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany's largest regional broadcaster. There are tours of the Funkhaus, ...