Dom St. Viktor in Xanten

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  • Schollimann

    For the Church of St. Victor in the center of Xanten on the Lower Rhine is due to its size, the name "Xantener Dom" in use, although it is not a cathedral. Impressive building with great glass windows.

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    • June 8, 2018

  • Büchi 🤠

    Xanten is a former Roman city on the Lower Rhine.

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    • September 17, 2017

  • Olli "ROTE HOSE"😄

    The Catholic parish and former collegiate church of St. Victor in Xanten on the Lower Rhine, although it was never bishop's church, because of their importance and size commonly referred to as Xanten Cathedral. Wikipedia

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    • May 24, 2017

  • Hetti

    a really beautiful cathedral

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    • July 9, 2017

  • Paul Brunner

    Cultural monument built from the ancient Roman city.

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    • July 22, 2017

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    St. Victor Cathedral
    The spiritual center of the city

    The mighty Gothic St. Viktor Cathedral dominates the cityscape of Xanten. The west façade with the towers still comes from the style epoch of the Romanesque period. You enter the five-aisled basilica through the south portal. Inside the cathedral you can expect rich art treasures:
    + High altar with reliquary
    +17 significant restored altars
    + Glass windows
    + Sculptures
    + Sculptures on the pillars
    + Carvings of the choir stalls
    + Tapestries
    + Panel paintings

    Origins and history
    "To the saints" - "ad sanctos" the origins of Xanthen go back. Legend has it that the Roman legionary Viktor and his companions died in the 4th century as Christian martyrs, to whose memorial site the faithful soon made a pilgrimage.

    Chapels and first church buildings were built over the grave Victor. In the 8th century a monastery was founded in honor of Victor. A Carolingian church was built in the 9th century, which was replaced by successor buildings. In addition to the monastery, a settlement developed with traders and craftsmen, from which the city of Xanten emerged.

    Friedrich von Hochstaden, Probst of Xanten and brother of the archbishop of Cologne, laid the foundation stone of the present cathedral in 1263. In the crypt you will find the supposed tomb of the ancient martyr Victor and his companion. In 1966, the crypt was extended in memory of the Christian resistance fighters in the 3rd Reich.

    The atmospheric cloister surrounds a green courtyard with a 14th-century high cross.

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    • March 4, 2019

  • Koga-Willi 🚲👣

    The mighty cathedral is always a magnet

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    • September 9, 2019

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Location: Xanten, Wesel, Lower Rhine Region, Düsseldorf District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


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