The Bonn Minster in Bonn, Germany

To give you some insights about Bonn, it is the 19th largest city in Germany. It is located in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. It was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990. Since the German Unification, many national government institutions were moved from Bonn to Berlin.

Bonn is also the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven (born 1770), a famous musician and composer.

Back to The Bonn Minster, called as Das Bonner Münster in German, it is considered to be one of the oldest churches in Germany. It is a Roman Catholic Church built between 11th and 13th centuries. It is also called the Minster of St. Martin.

Below are some images I took during our visit last August 2010.

The Bonn Minster is now a Papal Basilica. It has a Romanesque architecture. It is 81.4 meters high and has five spires.

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.
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