The home of St. Ursula's legend, the site where St. Ursula is built is said to be the burial spot for the 11,000 virgins in Princess Ursula's entourage who were killed by attacking Huns. The only corroborating evidence for this event is a manuscript that rests in the basilica. The book, along with the alleged relics of the 11,000 virgins and St. Ursula, are housed in the main cathedral. The walls of the Golden Chamber are decorated with relics and bones encased in gold, all of which create shapes and form Latin letters. These bones are thought to belong to the sacred virgins that died along with Ursula. Use our Cologne road trip planning website to add St. Ursula and other attractions to your Cologne vacation plans.
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I wasn't in time to visit the interior, and presume the interior is more interesting and impressive than the exterior. Still worth a look though.
I wasn't in time to visit the interior, and presume the interior is more interesting and impressive than the exterior. Still worth a look though. more »
Impressive church, especially the room with the 10,000 bones of St Ursula's martyrs, impressive and ominous
Impressive church, especially the room with the 10,000 bones of St Ursula's martyrs, impressive and ominous more »
Very good. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The Golden Chamber is a beautiful ossuary.
The church is located on a late antique burial ground on the northern road of the Roman city. Since the late 4th century emerged several cult buildings at this point. A late antique memorial building was dedicated to a group of late Roman martyrs, whose traditional number grew from eleven to 11000 in the course of the legendary development, and at whose head the British king's daughter Ursula was born. She became the title saint of the church and next to the Three Wise Men and St. Gereon city patroness of Cologne. A noble women's monastery has existed since the 10th century. In the second quarter of the 12th century, the current church was rebuilt as a three-aisled gallery basilica with a long choir and a tower-crowned western building. The Gothic long choir was built in the last quarter of the 13th century. Before 1300, a second aisle was added on the south side, the so-called Marienschiff, which was extensively redesigned in the 15th century. In the 17th century, the interior was baroque and the splendidly furnished golden chamber was set up for the storage and presentation of the unusually rich treasure trove of relics. 1802 abolition of the women's monastery and subsequent demolition of the convent buildings; St. Ursula has been the parish church since 1804. At the beginning of the 19th century the church was in a precarious structural condition. A reconstruction of the Romanesque stock will take place in the second half of the century; at the same time historicizing new furnishing of the interior. Significant destruction during World War II. 1949-1972 reconstruction under the direction of Karl Band. 1999-2004 restoration. St. Ursula has a rich medieval and modern furnishings.
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