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“Inferior to many others”

Heiligkreuz-Kapelle
Ranked #60 of 186 things to do in Trier
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

A rather old religious building, one of oldest in Germany. Very revered, because according to tradition it was founded by St. Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, just upon her returning from Jerusalem. Plan of the chapel the same Chevalley. However, what we see was constructed in the best case in the 11th century. Then its shape is cross, with an octagonal tower over the central crossing, and what later became usual for Western European religious architecture, in those times was innovative.
The attitude of parishioners to the church was little affected by the fact that it was standing far enough from the central part of the city with Hauptmarkt Platz. Several times the church was rebuilt, several times expanded and once added with a vestry. However, during the second world war the church was badly damaged. Conscientious Germans, of course, recovered, but the most exciting elements of the decoration were lost irretrievably. As a result, they adjoin to this old church a modern parish one , into which from the chapel was moved sculptured tombstone of the 17th century.
Of course, as a tourist attraction it is now noticeably inferior to many others.

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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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