Münstermaifeld Collegiate Church of St. Martin and St. Severus

Passing absolutely by chance and unprepared (as it happens to me very often) by the church, dedicated to Saint Martin and Saint Severus of Ravenna in Münstermaifeld, on my way to Eltz Castle, I came also across some kind of private event inside that didn’t allow me to take sufficient photographs of the place. But these could give you an idea of the interior as well.

The Eltz Family is closely linked to the history of the town of Münstermaifeld, as it had taken part of the government of the settlement during many centuries. In the church, there are the tombs of some of its representatives. The church, along with the Eltz Castle, is a symbol of Maifeld Municipality.

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The construction of the church began in the 6th century – over the foundations of a Roman fortified tower. It was named after Saint Martin of Tours.

In 952, the Trier Archbishop brought from his pilgrimage to Rome the relics of Saint Sever of Ravenna and thus, he became the second patron saint of the church. At that time, the Münstermaifeld Church became a famous pilgrimage destination.

In the 11th century, a new construction was carried out, of which today the western façade has remained, and through the next Gothic building in the 13-14th centuries, the church received its present look.

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Stiftskirche Muenstermaifeld Altar

The „Golden Altar“ – an Antwerpen Retable – “a masterpiece of the medieval wood-carving art”, dates from 1518.

Stiftskirche Muenstermaifeld St.Christophorus

The 8-metre-high figure of Saint Christopher (from Greek – „Christ-bearer“) with the Christ child on his left arm – a fresco from the 13th century. Its size is not random, as Saint Christopher, the patron saint of the travelers, was indeed considered a giant in Catholicism, whereas in the Eastern Orthodox iconography he was represented as a Cynocephalus – a representative of a mythical ancient race with human bodies and dogs’ heads, about whose existence there were records or legends from all over the world (as it is the case with the dragons. And with the giants too).

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The organ dates from 1864.

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