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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. Here you can find the biggest continuous cycle of Romanesque mural paintings about the Old and the New Testament in Germany.

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.

The building of the church is towered by a mighty belfry. The coating of the whole church was adapted during the restoration to the original medieval coating.
The most impressive building is a real landmark of the right river bank of the Rhine.

My picture, taken from an perhaps unusual angle, only shows a part of the church in order to emphasize the architectural intricacies and the outstanding colours. The whole church you can see here. In the workshop you can see the belfry from another angle.

With the "map view" function at the left you can zoom exactly down (click at +) to the church.

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Viewed: 1997
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Additional Photos by Frank Kaiser (Buin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
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