The church of St. Castor is one of Koblenz’s most important sacred buildings, and also one of the oldest. Unfortunately the remains of the preceding structure have only been preserved in parts of the foundations. Originally a Roman Temple stood at this spot and later a Carolingian church which was consecrated in 836. In the 12th century the church was significantly enlarged, with the addition of the 2 spires, a choir and a miniatur gallery, flanked by 2 smaller spires, all in the Romanesque style. The columned basilica with ist 3 naves was re-consecrated at the beginning of the 13th century. At this time St. Kastor used to be the cultural and religious centre of Koblenz, even though the church was located outside of the town walls.
Worth seeing inside the building: the tombs of the Princes Elector Kuno von Falkenstein (died 1388) and Werner von Königstein (died 1418), lying beneath Gothic wall conopies, and the impressive bronze crucifix (cast in 1685) above the high altar. The early Baroque stone pulpit (1625) is also interesting.
At the area surrounding the church you can discover lots of interesting ancient grave stones dating from the 16th to 18th century.
the st. castor's church was originally built between 817 and 836 on the orders of the archbishop of trier. this beautiful romanesque church was the site of the treaty of verdun that divided up charlemagne's empire in 843. the interior of the church has several art treasures including a venerated madonna painting.
Once you have left Goerresplatz, continue walking towards the Rhine, but make a left before reaching the Rhine so you can reach this beautiful church known as St. Castor's Church. This is the oldest church in koblenz, having been founded in the year 836 AD. In 842 AD discussions took place within the church which eventually led to the division of the so-called Franconian Empire--basically the establishment of Germany and France as separate entities. This catholic church was declared a minor basilica in the year 1992, and is still used for mass today. Next to the church, on the left, you will see a stone archway. Go through that archway and you will come in to what is called the "Blumenhof". This is a very quiet, pretty place, where you find a thumb sticking up out of the ground (modern art) right in front of the Ludwig Museum, which is an art museum. In the adjacent courtyard, there are many pretty flowers and bemches where you ca sit. From there you have a great view of the towers of the St. Castor's Church.
By the way, there is a fountain out front of the church where Napolean used to let his horses drink...maybe his soldiers, too, who knows?
surrounding st castor's church are beautiful gardens which are worth exploring. in the gardens are ruined walls dating back to the time of the teutonic knights. these gardens are some time used for outdoor concerts.
St. Castor's Church is the oldest church in Koblenz, and pretty much one of the oldest I've seen, being founded in 836 by Louis the Pious. The present Romanesque building was completed in 1208, the Gothic vaulted roof dating from 1498.
Addiacent to the church there is a courtyard, with flowers and benches, from where you can admire the beautiful towers. In fact, the church has four towers, but the two pictured are bigger.
To the left of the church, going trough a stone archway you will find the Blumenhof - a quiet place leading to the Ludwig art Museum.
In front of the church of Saint Castor stands a fountain, erected by the French in 1812, with an inscription to commemorate Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
St. Kastor is a really old Church, as construction began on it in 817, and in 836, it was consecrated.
The current Church is mainly from construction in the 12th century.
On 30th July 1991 Pope John Paul II made the Church of St. Kastor a Bascilica minor.
Next to the Cemetery is a wall with a lot of old Headstone's.
Located in the square is a Fountain with an amusing story.
The story is about a French prefect "Doazan," who in 1812, thought Napoleon’s Russian campaign would be victorious! He didn't wait for the end result before having an inscription carved into the classical fountain......
"A Napoleon le Grand, an. MDCCCXII Memorable par la Campagne contre les Riusses sous la Prefecture des Jules Doazan."
"To Napoleon the Great, 1812 in remembrance of the Russian campaign under the prefecture of Jules Doazan."
The Russian campaign ended in a devastating defeat for Napoleon, how silly Doazan must have felt!
The victorious Russian soldiers came to Koblenz. The Russian Commander read the inscription and thought it funny, so he engraved his comment underneath Doazan’s eulogy to Napoleon on 1st January 1814, in French of course:
"Vue et approuvé par nous, le Commandant Russe de la Ville de Coblence."
" Acknowledged and approved – the Russian Commander of the town of Koblenz."
He thereby provided a lasting memory of Napoleon’s defeat and the end of the French era in Koblenz.
There are a few "funny" thing's that happen during War!!
The Basilika was built between 817 and 836 on the site of an earlier christian church. The treaty of Verdun was signed here in 843.
St. Castor's is the oldest church in Koblenz, constructed in 836 AD. It sits very close to the Old Town and the Deutsches Eck.
A beautiful church. Very peaceful and at one point we were the only ones there, it felt like our very own personal, awesome church!