The Matthias Chapel- Mysterious beauty.
Without a doubt, the Matthias Chapel is in many respects one of the most remarkable, original and at the same time mysterious buildings in our region. It is one of the most important late Romanesque chapels in Rhineland-Palatinate. Starting with the - in the truest sense of the word - main purpose of construction, the storage of a relic. We are talking about the head of St. Matthias, which Henry I of Kobern brought back from the Damiette Crusade (1217-1221). It was kept there for about 130 years. In 1927 the relic was transferred to the Abbey of St. Matthias in Trier. Absolutely extraordinary is the architecture of the Chapel of St. Matthias. Built between 1220 and 1240 AD, the architectural style, which is completely untypical in this country, can be compared with churches in Spain, Portugal and Asia Minor. Stylistically, they all go back to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which was famous for crusades and pilgrimages. Henry I, the son of Gerlach von Isenburg-Kobern, had the chapel built on the model of Tomar in Portugal. A visit to the Matthias Chapel is certainly one of the most impressive experiences on the Moselle. In the smallest of spaces, there is a rare wealth of artistic design that is unparalleled. As if that were not enough, the small church is situated in a magnificent landscape. In addition, concerts are held in the Matthias Chapel. Parking: There is a small parking lot in front of the driveway to the castles in the Mühlental as well as directly below the chapel. On foot: From the Mühlental you can reach the Niederburg on foot via a steeply ascending forest path in about 15-20 minutes. From there, a cross path leads to the upper castle with the Matthias Chapel. You will need another 30 minutes to reach the chapel from the Niederburg.
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