Church of Saint Gero

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Church of St. Gereon (German: Basilika St. Gereon) is a Catholic church in Cologne in the northern part of the old town (de: Köln-Altstadt-Nord). It located in the block between Gereonshtrasse, Gereonshof, Gereonskloster and Christophstrasse.
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  2. Gereonshof 2, 50670 Köln, Germany
  3. +492214745070
  6. Working hours*:
    Mon - Fri from 10.00 to 18.00, Sat from 9.00 to 17.30, crypt: Wed from 15.00 to 17.00, Sat from 10.00 to 12.00
  7. Prices*:
    The entrance is free
  8. * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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St. Gero's Church is the oldest of all Romanesque religious buildings in Cologne. In the days of the Roman Empire - around the 5th century, a martyrium chapel was richly decorated with marble columns and covered with a golden mosaic dome. The ruins of this chapel later used in the construction of St. Gereon. The base of the church and the walls up to a height of 14 meters are the remains of that very martyrium, and in the 10th century, the addition of towers and crypts began. In 1191, the church was consecrated and named in honour of the Cologne Archbishop Gero, canonized.
Today, the Church of St. Gero is a Romanesque three-nave basilica, the main part of a sizeable decagon-shaped dome surrounded by four small turrets. On the east side, two large towers, 30 meters high each, are attached to it, and on the south side - a late Romanesque baptistery and a sacristy. After the destruction during the Great Patriotic War, St. Gereon rebuilt in stages, and only in 1984 were the last works on the decagon completed.
The church located between Christophstraße and Gereonshof to the west of Cologne Cathedral. Admission is free, but a guided tour of the basilica needs to coordinate with the prior.

How to get to the Church of St. Gero
Metro 12, 15, stop Christophstraße / Mediapark

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