"Basilica" Kevelaer Things to Do Tip by Kathrin_E
Kevelaer Things to Do: 31 reviews and 61 photos
The two small chapels soon were too small for the numbers of pilgrims that visited Kevelaer. In the mid-19th century the construction of a much larger new church was planned. Vincenz Statz, cathedral architect in Cologne, designed the big church and the complex of small chapels around the fountain courtyard. The foundation stone was laid in 1858. The works were completed, despite the sheer size of the project, within six years and the new church was consecrated in the presence of seven bishops on July 3, 1864 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The tall steeple, however, took 20 years longer to be finished. In 1923 the church was promoted to a “Basilica minor” by Pope Pius XI.
The whole interior and furnishing is purest neo-gothic. I once had the chance (during an art history excursion) to see the interior of the sacristy and be shown the vestments for mass – the church still owns a number of precious embroidered paraments from that same time.
Walls, vaults and pillars, every single piece of the inner surface is covered in polychrome murals. These were begun by the artist Friedrich Stummel, who also designed the stained glass windows, in 1891. Their completion took decades. The last paintings were finished after Stummel’s death by his pupils in 1934.
More photos of the interior and the paintings in my travelogue page.