The Bonn Minster in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

I finally had the chance to visit Bonn, the 19th largest city in Germany located in North North Rhine-Westphalia. There was a story why we ended up staying here for an overnight during our Europe tour. I want to introduce first the Minster of Bonn named after St. Martin. It is considered to be one of Germany’s oldest churches built between the 11th and 13th centuries. Here is an image I took during our visit last August 20, 2010.

Originally the Minster was the collegiate church of Ss. Cassius & Florentius, who were Roman legionnaires of the legendary all-Christian Theban Legion. The legion’s garrison, according to legend, was in the Egytian town of Thebes. Roman Emperor Maximianus Herculius ordered the legion to march to Gaul and assist in quelling rebels from Burgundy. At some point during their march the legion refused to follow the emperor’s orders to either kill fellow Christians or to worship Maximianus Herculius as a god. As a result, a large number of legionaries were martyred in Agaunum, now named Saint Maurice-en-Valais after Saint Maurice. According to legend Saints Cassius and Florentius, who were under the command of Saint Gereon, were beheaded at the present location of the Bonn Minster for their religious beliefs. more here

 
 

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