Flickrfan: St Andreas’ west door

October 4, 2009

St Andreas' west door, flickrfan, s andreas, koln, cologne, dominican, church, door,photo by Lawrence OP on FlickrFan Stan's site licensed under Creative Commons

Photographed by Lawrence OP

Archbishop Bruno, Duke, the brother of Emperor Otto I (the Great) founded the collegial-church of St. Andrew, Cologne in the second half of the 10th century. It was an early Romanesque church with a crypt.

The Dominicans came to Cologne as early as 1221 – a few years after the foundation of the order. The priory, not far away from St. Andrews, developed into one of the most important centres of study of the Order.

St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart and Blessed Henry Suso, all studied in Cologne.

The French occupation led to the dissolution of the priory in 1799. The relics of St. Albert were brought to St. Andrews. His shrine, now in the crypt of the church, was a fundamental reason for Cardinal Frings’ bequest of the church of St. Andrews to the Dominicans in 1947.

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