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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Those Places Thursday: Pfarrkirche St. Severinus, Erpel, Germany

Pfarrkirche St. Severinus is a Roman Catholic Church in Erpel, Kreis Neuwied, Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany.

The church is a late Gothic column basilica which was built in the mid-13th century.  The tower basement is from an earlier nave church which was built in the 11th or early 12th century.

In 1751, the galleries were removed, a new roof was put on the tower, the height was increased on the roofs of the side naves, and the side towers were dismantled.

The church was renovated again in 1960-1967, and the galleries were restored.

According to legend, the original church hosted the remains of the Three Wise Men in 1164, when Rainald von Dassel, Archbishop of Cologne, brought them from Milan, Italy to Cologne.

My great-great-grandfather Carl Joseph Schneider and his siblings were baptized at St. Severinus. His parents Johann Wilhelm Schneider and Anna Sibylle Lindlohr were married there. Many earlier generations of the Lindlohr family attended St. Severinus.

A gem of  sacral archiecture: Erpel's parish church St. Severinus gets renovated - modifications are part of history
Parish Church St. Severinus
St. Severin (Erpel)

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