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Church of St. Cyclia in Germany, resort of Cologne

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The Church of St. Cyclia is a former Catholic church located in the south of Old Cologne. The building is presented in the form of a three-nave Romanesque basilica without a transept.

As early as the 9th century, a nunnery existed on the site of the present church. More recently, scientists agreed that the Cologne Cathedral was located on this site before the monastery. But this assumption was refuted after the archaeological excavations carried out here – only the remains of a small monastery church were discovered.

Construction of the new church began in the 10th century, but due to a constant lack of funds, work was often delayed. A document was found according to which the Archbishop of Cologne Bruno the First bequeathed to the monastery 50 pounds of silver for the completion of the construction.

  In the second half of the 15th century, the church was transferred to the nuns of the Augustinian monastery. During this period, the sacristy was built, and the Romanesque roof was replaced by a vault.

In the early 19th century, during the Napoleonic mediatization, the Augustinian monastery was secularized. During the Second World War, the temple was badly destroyed, but was soon restored to its original form.

Currently, the building houses the Schnutgen Museum, which displays a collection of sacred art. The collection of Madonnas sculptures made of silver, gold, wood, precious stones and ivory. Also interesting is the collection of more than 250 liturgical vestments and about 3   500 items of vestments dated from different periods. The museum also houses an extensive collection of temple stained glass windows, considered one of the largest in the world.


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