"Wonderful colours!" Liebfrauenkirche Tip by leics
Liebfrauenkirche, Trier: 8 reviews and 14 photos
The Gothic Liebfrauenkirche adjoins the Trierer Dom so there really is no excuse for missing it!
Although the exact date of construction is not known an inscription painted on one of its twelve columns (representing the 12 Apostles) states that it was started in 1227. It is certainly the oldest Gothic church in Germany and almost certainly stands on a site used for earlier place of worship (a glass segment in the floor allows you a glimpse of earlier structures). For centuries the Liebfrauenkirche was used by the cathedral clergy for their daily Mass and also as a burial place, although the graves have long been removed.
It's a round church, unusual in itself, and its interior is lovely: cross-shaped aisles, twelve columns which all have paintings. The stained glass, although modern, is really beautiful. I was lucky enough to visit on a day with sunshine: a gentleman stopped me as I was about to enter the church and told me (in German) how beautiful the windows were that day and said I must go inside. He was right: the whole interior seemed bathed in coloured light, with patterns on the sides of the columns. It was truly lovely.
Directions: Right next to Trierer Dom.
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