Photographer's Note

Not far away from Bonn at the eastern bank of Rhine river there's a veritable Romanesque treasure - the "double church of Schwarz-Rheindorf"
(in German: "Doppelkirche Schwarz-Rheindorf") - St. Clemens. It was built 1149 - 1151 and donated by Arnold von Wied, archbishop and elector of Cologne. It has two superposed rooms, each with an altar. They are connected with each other by a big octagonal aperture which allows to look down to the altar of the lower church. (You can see some light from the upper church in the upper part of my photo throught the aperture .) My picture shows a view of the lower church. Here you can find the biggest continuous cycle of Romanesque mural paintings about the Old and the New Testament in Germany. They were painted in the middle of the 12th century. You can see some in the workshop photo.

It is supposed that the nobles watched the service in the lower church from the upper one and here a special seating, looking similar to a throne, was installed for the archbishop - perhaps even for visits of the emperor.
After the death of Arnold in 1156 his sister, Hadwig here established a monastery of Benedictine nuns and the upper room became the conclave church of the nuns.
During workings of restoration (installation of an underfloor heating) at the end of the 20th century the original tomb of Arnold of Wied was discovered.
It is situated under the black tomb slab between the columns in the foreground. This church for me is one of the most impressive chuches of Germany ...

Using the map "view" function at the left you can zoom in (please click at "satellite" and several times at +) exactly to this church.

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