Saint Gereon's Basilica
Saint Gereon's Basilica
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. It is not possible to visit the church during Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful of the 12 Romanesque churches in Cologne
    The first mention of a church dedicated to St. Gereon, appears in 612, but the building of the current structure was begun in 1151 and ended in 1227. It is one of the 12 major Romanesque churches in Cologne, and - according to me - the most beautiful. This church has a very irregular plan, and the nave is covered by a decagonal oval dome 21.0 m long and 16.9 m wide (69 feet long, 55.5 feet wide), painted in red and gold. Several side chapels and a crypt are present, and wonderful art pieces are visible.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 2, 2023
  • J P
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New favorite place
    I almost hate to leave a review here and make this place more known. But I have to say that THIS is my favorite place in Cologne and probably my favorite church visited in Germany. It might have been that I was basically alone, there were only a handful (5-6) of other people there. It might have been the reverent quiet peace. If anyone spoke it was in whispers. This is an absolutely beautiful place. It has a older history than the Cologne Cathedral and it also has a very special decahedron dome. This is extremely unique. Absolutely love this sanctuary.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Catherine M
    138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Centuries of history and prayer
    This is a must see if you like wonderful old buildings. A fascinating history, ground plan, beautiful architecture and too many interesting things for me to tell you, so just go. Useful booklets and postcards available. Don't miss the ancient mosaics of Samson in the atmospheric crypt. Very helpful guide was there when we visited. Check opening times.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
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J P
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I almost hate to leave a review here and make this place more known. But I have to say that THIS is my favorite place in Cologne and probably my favorite church visited in Germany. It might have been that I was basically alone, there were only a handful (5-6) of other people there. It might have been the reverent quiet peace. If anyone spoke it was in whispers. This is an absolutely beautiful place. It has a older history than the Cologne Cathedral and it also has a very special decahedron dome. This is extremely unique. Absolutely love this sanctuary.
Written August 7, 2023
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Odysseus_ac
Heidelberg, Germany24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This basilica is one of the oldest churches in Cologne and in Germany. Its architecture is outstanding, especially the decagonal oval dome that dates back to Late Antiquity and was remodeled in the Middel Ages. A really tidbit!
Written January 16, 2020
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Catherine M
138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a must see if you like wonderful old buildings. A fascinating history, ground plan, beautiful architecture and too many interesting things for me to tell you, so just go. Useful booklets and postcards available. Don't miss the ancient mosaics of Samson in the atmospheric crypt. Very helpful guide was there when we visited. Check opening times.
Written January 4, 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Saint Gereon's is a minor Basilica located in the western part of central Cologne. For a basilica, it has a highly irregular shape and not the expected Latin cross. There's a chapel just opposite the entrance to the church with a fine example of La Pieta. The nave is unusually covered by a decagonal oval dome while the walls around the name have some outstanding contemporary religious stained glass windows.

Even though the church is a little off the main tourist circuit in Cologne, I highly recommend visiting Saint Gereon's Basilica.
Written September 16, 2019
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK22,686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We were keen to visit this octagonal church, a little out of the City centre and therefore away from the large crowds that visit the Cathedral. If you have the time and are interested in church architecture you will not be disappointed for making a detour. Open during the week at present only until midday, not the advertised 1800 closing time. Very many thanks to the volunteer church member, who kindly additionally opened the crypt for us, which includes the sarcophagi of St Gereon and the soldier martyrs.
Written May 8, 2019
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Martin Altmann
Leimen, Germany23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
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 churches north of the alps, with some parts of the current structure dating back to the 4th century AD. The most spectacular thing about this edifice is the so-called Decagon, the 10-sided main structure of this church, errected in the 12/13 century. This is a something unique in Romanesque architecture, which you will find no where else. Concenring the full compliment of all 12 buildings, there is no other place anywhere else, which has preserved such a large number of churches of the romanesque era, despite of all WWII carnage.
Written August 5, 2014
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Flavio M
London, UK456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
St. Gereon Church is the most beautifull of the all Romanesque churches of Cologne. Dating from the 11th century, St. Gereon features a decagonal-shaped nave topped with a great dome. Inside are numerous medieval murals and mosaics, as well as an interesting ancient relic.
In a niche north of the entrance is a section of an ancient granite column known as the Blutsaüle (Blood Column). The Latin inscription embedded in the wall above it indicates that the blood of a martyr (undoubtedly St. Gereon) was splashed on it and it became a sacred relic.
Written April 10, 2014
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Diego C
Newton, MA140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Cologne romanesque churches are a hidden gem, and Saint Geren's is one of the most impressive. Started on the 4th century and with a unique structure. Definitely worth a visit.
Written July 7, 2019
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Giuseppe Russo
Naples, Italy125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
This is one of the most ancient and relevant churches of Cologne, but it's not easy to find it open. It's really hard to find the opening hours, they are written nowhere. Anyway, the ambient appeared to me and my wife deeply spiritual, because of the particular church plant, the sofisticated glasses and the religious atmosphere. Also the gardens outside the church are beautiful and quiet.
Written July 31, 2016
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Monalisa1969
Figueira da Foz, Portugal161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Business
Only a few minutes walking from Cologne Dom, you can find another monument that puts Cologne in the great citys to visit. In my opinion, if you miss the inside views, don't worry, cause after you were at the Dom, you will not find anything better. But with the outside visit you'll be enough satisfied with this beauty.
Written October 14, 2012
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