Saint Gereon's Basilica

Saint Gereon's Basilica, Cologne

Saint Gereon's Basilica
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
Read more
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Write a review
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
241 reviews
Excellent
150
Very good
77
Average
13
Poor
1
Terrible
0

Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,191 contributions
St. Gereon's Basilica (Basilika Sankt Gereon) is dedicated to Saint Gereon and looks very similar to the Aachen Cathedral with it's decagonal-shaped nave. The church is named after a Roman officer, who died along with 318 legionnaires for his faith. The church was built over the martyr’s grave around 350 AD. Its decagonal-shaped nave topped with a great dome is its most unique from the 12 Romanesque churches of Cologne. The current building chancel is an entire level higher than the nave and unfortunately not normally accessible to visitors. The apse vault is decorated with a Romanesque mural of Christ in Judgment flanked by the symbols of the Evangelists Mark and Luke; the niches below have murals of saints. The baptistery, entered from the south side of the decagon, has 13th century murals of saints. Allow ~1 + hr for your visit.
Written February 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Odysseus_ac
Providence, RI24 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,835 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,075 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Martin Altmann
Leimen, Germany23 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Flavio M
London, UK459 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Diego C
Newton, MA150 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Giuseppe Russo
Naples, Italy118 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Monalisa1969
Figueira da Foz, Portugal175 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Neil K
Liverpool, UK611,852 contributions
Friends
Predating the Dom ,Saint Gereon's Basilica is the oldest church in this fabulous city ,theres been a religious site on this spot since 612,the present church was constructed between 1151 - 1257 and looks amazing, one of the 12 great Romanesque churches of Cologne and built in a style of architecture synonymous with this city known as trefoil namely three apses, the two main towers and dome look fabulous, it's a very photogenic church, the ground in which the church is found are well kept ,theres the huge St Gereon Head statue in front of the church that looks cool,all in all it's a wonderful church to visit and as an added bonus you dont have the crowds that you get at the area around the Dom.
Saint Gereon's Basilica is easy to locate on Gereonskloster and is most definitely well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written January 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 77
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Saint Gereon's Basilica

Saint Gereon's Basilica is open:
  • Mon - Wed 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Saint Gereon's Basilica tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 5 Saint Gereon's Basilica tours on Tripadvisor


Restaurants near Saint Gereon's Basilica: View all restaurants near Saint Gereon's Basilica on Tripadvisor