The Basilica Saint Paulinus of Trier !!

Well going over my vaults of memories and pictures realised had reverse a previous post with pictures of this basilica. Therefore, this is new text with oldest pictures and a first in my post. Let me tell, then, on the Basilica Saint Paulinus of Trier, Germany!!!

The Basilica Saint Paulinus of Trier ;was elevated to the rank of a minor basilica in 1958. It L one of the highlight monuments of our many visits to Trier or Tréves. We have walked all over even beyond the city center and of course driven in the city too. I found this one was not in my blog lol!! So many pictures in cd rom sometimes you lose track. Here is my redemption; hope you enjoy it as I. Work going on outside we came in by the back as below pic.


The first church was built by Bishop Felix in the 4C in a Roman cemetery located north of the ramparts of Roman Trier, then called Augusta Treverorum. Felix dedicates the church and his monastery to the Theban Legion, Christian soldiers who refused to abjure Christ and who were martyred at Agaunum (today Saint-Maurice-en-Valais). The bodies of twelve of them are interred in the church crypt. The body of Saint Paulinus, a native of Aquitaine ,France ,and famous anti-Arian bishop of Trier, supporter of Athanasius of Alexandria, is also buried there in 395. Saint Paulinus had died in exile in Phrygia in 358. The church is then dedicated to him and becomes a place of pilgrimage. Archbishop Bruno had a new Romanesque church built on the ruins of the old one. Pope Eugene III consecrated it in 1148. It is smaller than the first. Louis XIV’s troops besieged and occupied Trier in 1673. They demolished the church the following year to make way for a military cantonment field. The archbishop-elector of Trier, François-Georges de Schönborn, decided to build a new church, making it one of the most significant baroque churches of this region. The works took place from 1743 to 1753 and the consecration in 1757. The bell tower rises to 53 meters and the length of the basilica measures 52 meters.



French revolutionary troops captured Trier in 1794. Later Bonaparte visited Trier and declared himself impressed by the beauty of the Church of Saint-Paulin.The monastery associated with the church was closed by the French in 1802, then its possessions were secularized by the Empire recession of 1803, inspired by Napoleon, and it was dispersed, along with all the abbeys, convents and monasteries of the former electorate of Trier. The church therefore loses its rank of collegiate and becomes only a simple parish church. Pope Pius XII gave it the title of minor basilica on May 23, 1958. It is the third church in Trier to bear this title.



The interior ceilings that represent the life of Saint Paulinus and the martyrdom of the Theban legion. White stuccoes decorate the walls and ceilings. The high altar with its ciborium, the furniture of the choir and other sculpted elements. The large organs were completed in 1756. Since 1982 the building has had a yellow and white exterior paint job based on remains of paint found at the time. However, during a restoration in 2014 it turned out that this coloring had only been created in the 19C. The original reddish-brown, yellow and white colors could be determined using modern technical means. This color scheme was also chosen for the new coat of paint, which was completed at the end of 2016.Four church bells hang in the wooden bell chair in the bell room. Since only a few 19C bells exist due to the two world wars, the bells of St. Paulin have one high historical value.



Every year at the beginning of October, the “Martyr Days” take place, on which the Trier Martyrs and the members of the Theban Legion are commemorated. On this occasion, among other things, the crypt, in which the mortal remains of the Roman soldiers are said to lie, is made accessible. On other days of the year, at least part of the crypt can be seen through a decorative metal grille. There is a small cemetery next to the Basilica St Paulinus. Since 1989 there has been a chapel with the grave of the Blessed Ursuline Sister Blandine Merten. Also, near the basilica on the forecourt there is a stone cross that bears a resemblance to the Trier market cross. It is unknown whether the cross is a market cross, a court or immunity mark, or a martyr’s cross.



The Trier tourist office on the basilica of St Paulinus

There you go folks, this is a wonderful Basilica Saint Paulinus and is worth the detour me think. We enjoy the visit and look forward to be back for more, always nice Trier. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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