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This is church "St. Apollinaris" on the outskirts of the small town Remagen on the left bank of Rhine river, some kilometres south of Bonn. Its situation above the river you can see HERE.

Already in Roman times a temple was situated here. In 5th century a St. Martin's chapel was built here and in 9th century a Romanesque church was erected on this place. In 1110 a collegiate church of Benedictines was built here. At the end of the 14th century the relics of St. Apollinaris have been transported here and since 1384 constant pilgrimages are proven here.

In 1802 Napoleon closed the Benedictine priory and the church was sold several times and in 1842 the church was torn down by it's then owner, baron Franz Egon von Fürstenberg-Stammheim - in order to built a new one in Romanesque Rivival architecture. This style however in this Catholic region was considered as a "Protestant architectural style" and so today we see a church in Gothic Revival style. All inner surfaces of the church are covered with paintings - a most impressive holistic artwork (please see workshop photos!).

Thought the church is situated near the BRIDGE AT REMAGEN with its severe military actions at the end of World War II St. Apollinaris nearly wasn't damaged at all.

Still today St. Apollinaris often is visited by pilgrimages ...

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