Ruhr District Tour 48 Ecclesiastical art in Essen
Widely unnoticed by the general public the Ruhr district has some fine churches as well as outstanding examples of Christian art objects to offer.
In the historic town centre of Essen there is not only the Minster as cathedral of the Ruhr Bishopric with its fantastic treasury - one of the most important worldwide where the oldest statue of the Virgin Mary within the occident, the chalice of St. Ludger, the fleur-de-lis crown of emperor Otto III. or the world's oldest seven-armed candelabra of any church is kept - to find but also the Old Synagogue, once one of the biggest jewish and most beautiful places of worship of the region (now a museum).
Two more exceptional churches are to find in Werden, a southern suburb of Essen. The Lucius Church is the oldest parish church of a diocese north of the Alps. The former abbey church St. Ludgerus is a fine example for ecclesiastical architecture. It was the last monumental building in the rhineland to be built in the late Romanesque style. The church contains the sarcophagus of St. Ludger and also a treasury of high importance.
Meeting-point: Essen main station
Length: about 5,5 hours
What's included: Tour guide, public transport, guided tour Essen cathedral with treasury, St.Lucius and St. Ludgerus with treasury visit of the old synagogue, entrance fees
Price: 300€ (public transport costs and entrance fees not included)
Dates: no fixed days, all the year round on request
Special note: Please wear convenient and weatherproof shoes/clothing.