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“Interior very light and airy, as well as very old”

Heiligkreuz-Kapelle
Ranked #59 of 188 things to do in Trier
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

I had to wait a while to enter as a funeral was going on. It is located at a square next to the Heilig Kreuz church, one can park the car in front of the chapel. Behind the chapel is an admirable fountain. Heilig Kreuz is a hamlet of Trier, though rather close to its centre. The chapel is very small but light and airy, thus pix is not hard at all due to its flooded light. It wass founded 4th Century by Saint Helena, mother of Constantine, who lived early 4th Century in Trier. in 1050-1060 Provost Arnulf of Trier gave order to have outside the city walls of Trier a Romanesque chapel built: the arms of the cross-shaped building were originally all equal and on the crossing, an octagonal tower rose centrally. Access was provided by a portal in the Westarm. Even as the floorplan later changed, the Holy Cross Chapel is one of the oldest German churches in the pure cross shape. Around 1620, the chapel underwent several structural changes. The West-arm was extended to its current dimension. The Eastside a sacristy and a chapel-like construction was completed. 1666 sculptures were placesd at the West Portal. The chapel got a new interior in the Baroque period that was in style with that period. Several different stations of the Cross led from the Kaiserthermen to the Chapel (1100 steps or 7 kneefalls).

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