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Church of the Apostles Cologne / St Aposteln, Koln | by Aidan McRae Thomson
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Church of the Apostles Cologne / St Aposteln, Koln

One of Cologne's most outstanding Romanesqu churches is St Aposteln or the Church of the Apostles in the south of the old city centre.


The present building is largely 12th century and posses a fine example of the 'tripartite' choir, that is the chancel terminates in three semi-circular apses, facing north and south in addition to the usual eastern apse. This Romanesque arrangement is particularly well represented in Cologne in two other contemporary churches, St Maria im Kapitol and Great St Martin's.


The church suffered heavy damage in World War II, when bombs took several large bites out of the building, though is now expertly restored.


The fussy 19th century decoration that covered the interior before the war was not replaced, leaving the architecture to speak for itself for the most part.


However in the late 1980s a new scheme of mural decoration was executed in the three apse ceilings by the artist Herman Gottfried (who also designs stained glass). Very much modern in their bold expressionistic style, they restore some of the lost colour and vitality to this part of the building, without pretending to be anything other than a contemporary creation.


For a good panoramic impression of the interior try the following link :-

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Taken on June 11, 2007