Saint Andrew’s Church, and Saint Mary’s in the Capitol

When I arrived in Cologne, Germany I wanted to immediately go to the church of Saint Andrew which was consecrated in 974. My desire was to venerate the tomb of Saint Albertus Magnus of the 13th century who was one of the greatest philosophers and theologians of the middle ages. He taught Thomas Aquinas, and Albert was the first to comment on virtually all of Aristotle.

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I attended Mass there. After Mass I spend some time looking at the artwork salvaged from the bombings. Immediately after Mass there was a concert performed by the Kolner Vokalsolisten. They sang Christmas selections from Sweelinck, Hodie Christus Natus Est. And various settings of von Himmel Hoch by Raphael, Schein, Hassler and of course several settings of Maria durch ein Dornwald Ging.

As I listened my eyes wandered all over the church and marveling how they reconstructed this beautiful edifice that had been reduced to rubble and once again is a place where God is worshipped.

Santa Maria im Kapitol

Santa Maria im Kapitol, a Pre-Romanesque church in the city and a Roman temple once stood there. This church was heavily damaged during the bombings of World War II and mostly destroyed and what remained collapsed. Much restoration was carried out on into 1985 or so.

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Besides the restored Renaissance rood screen.

These are the wooden doors which were removed so this precious work of art was not destroyed during the bombings. The pictures are not very clear however these doors are some of the most important doors in the history of art. They date to 1065 and were modeled after the doors of Santa Sabina in Rome.

As I continue to visit these churches that were so heavily damaged by the bombing I grow ever more thankful for those who salvaged what they could from the rubble and restored this important part of our Catholic heritage.