Basilica Of St. UrsulaCurrently Closed
- Address: St.Ursula, Ursulaplatz 24, 50668 Cologne, Germany
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +49-221133400
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Cemetery, Family And Kids, Architecture , Archaeological Site
Built upon the ruins of an ancient Roman cemetery, St. Ursula was constructed to honor the 11,000 virgins that are said to be buried in the cemetery. St. Ursula is the other one of the twelve Romanesque churches that you should not miss out on. The St. Ursula is so historically pertinent that Cologne’s coat of arms, which has 11 figurines are in fact of St. Ursula and 10 virgins.
You might notice a slight difference in the style of architecture once you’re inside. It’ll be slight if you’re looking from a layman’s perspective, glaringly obvious if you know your architecture. While the nave and dome has been designed keeping the Romanesque style in mind, the choir has been influenced by Gothic architecture.
Be sure to visit the Golden Chamber, the alleged site from where the remains of the saint and the virgins are said to have been excavated. All the bones that have been retrieved from the cemetery line the walls of the Golden Chamber forming either letters or designs.
- Dom/Hauptbahnhof (Subway station)
- Schreckenskammer (German cuisine served)
- Pan & Pani (European cuisines served)
- Jaipur (Indian cuisine served)
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3.51% of people who visit Cologne include Basilica Of St. Ursula in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
85% of people start their Basilica Of St. Ursula visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Basilica Of St. Ursula
71.43% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Basilica Of St. Ursula
Beautiful from what we could see. Problem is that no one from the church was there to let us in to see the golden chamber (bone room). We came earlier in the day and realized they had specific hours for the room. We came back during the open hours and no one was there. We then went outside and waited for 15 more minutes and still no one was inside. What a waste of time. I understand that things come up and people can’t commit to their obligations but from what I’ve read this is a common issue. Haven’t the nuns realized a church needs money to survive. At 2€ per person to enter the chamber they are missing out. About 10 other visitors also were discouraged and left while we were there. Real shame!
A really interesting church to visit. Nowhere near as busy as the main cathedral, but definitely a place to check out. If you want to see the bone room reliquaries be sure to go at a time when someone will be there to let you in.
It took 3 visits to get in as the church was closed. The golden chamber was opened not long after we arrived, the lady who volunteers there will gladly talk about the place as best as she can in English. If it is closed when you visit, please try to go back another day. The chamber is located through a door to the right of the main church entrance. I have visited several ossuaries and this one is unique as many of tge skulls are delicately wrapped in material and placed in pretty glass containers. There are also busts of some of the people whose bones are held in there, and there bones are placed inside these busts. There is also a table with items you can buy, a lot cheaper than some ossuary gift shops too! We went to Cologne purely to see this place, we were not disappointed.
Nice church but beautiful and haunting side chapel with reliquaries, relics and bones. Extra charge of 2 euros admission. Though you probably won't stay more than 20 minutes, it's definitely worth a visit for the artistic or spiritually inclined.
You want to see walls constructed from the bones and skulls of Saint Ursula's virgins, this is for you .... see photos