The Catholic parish church and Basilica of St. Lawrence is the former Benedictine abbey church of the abolished princely Kempten. It belongs to the parish of the same name in Kempten in the diocese of Augsburg. The church is dedicated to St. Lawrence of Rome, with side patronages of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and patron saints of the city of Gordianus and Epimachus. In the population of Kempten, the church is predominantly called St. Lawrence Basilica, which is false since Basilica is put as title before the name.Even during the Thirty Years' War, the then 29-year-old Abbot Roman Giel von Gielsberg began preparations for the church. The church became one of the first large church buildings after the Thirty Years' War in Germany.A special feature of the church was the division into the collegiate and parish churches. The choir under the dome was reserved for the convent, separated from it with a chancel, the nave was intended as a parish church for the common people. The construction project designed for an identity foundation is a Carolingian allusion to the center of Aachen Cathedral, the Palatine Chapel of Charlemagne. In 1969, Pope Paul VI. the Kempten parish church the honorary title Basilica minor.The St. Lawrence Church is located on a free, largely natural elevation on the left Illerhochterrasse. To the north and west of the church is the Stiftsplatz, in the south Hildegardplatz.Source: Wikipedia
In the know? Log-in to add a tip for other adventurers!