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St. Andrew's Church in Germany, resort Cologne

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St. Andrew's Catholic Church is located near the Cologne Cathedral, in the Heimarkt district of Cologne. The church is presented as a three-aisled Romanesque basilica with a transept.

According to historical documents, the church was founded by Archbishop Bruno I of Cologne in the second half of the 10th century. The consecration of the church in honor of the Apostle Andrew took place in 974.

In the XII century, a number of reconstruction works were carried out in the building, during which the church acquired a Romanesque look. In the 14th century, the church choir acquired a Gothic style, and the chapel was rebuilt in the same period. In the 15th century, a huge hipped dome was erected over the crossroads.

In the 19th century, during Napoleonic mediatization, the Church of St. Andrew became a parish church. After the closure of the Dominican monastery, the relics of Albert the Great, as well as the golden coffin with the relics of the holy martyrs Maccabees, were transferred to the Church of St. Andrew.

Throughout the 19th century, the temple was rebuilt several times. During the Second World War, the church was seriously damaged, however, miraculously, medieval wall paintings were preserved. During the restoration work carried out in the 1950s, the church crypt from the 11th century was expanded. In 1954, the relics of Albert the Great were transferred to the crypt. The last reconstruction of the church took place in 1992-1997.

The main feature of the church is the interweaving of the Gothic and Romanesque styles. The choir window, which barely lets in the light, gives a special expression to the interior of the temple. The mixture of Romanesque and modern architecture is noticeable in the crypt of St. Andrew the Apostle.  


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