Stiftskirche Kyllburg/Collegiate Church of Kyllburg

After reading about the Divine Feminine, about all these significant Notre-Dame temples/temples dedicated to Our Lady, the ‘not accidental’ devotion of the ‘not accidental’ person Bernard of Clairvaux to Mary, and so on, I’m now looking at these temples with new eyes. Behind the figure of the Virgin Mary stands an ancient international tradition, much older than our last 2000 years, united in itself the images of numerous goddesses like Isis, Astarte, Cybele, Juno, Hecate, Diana, and so on. (Information source: the website artedea.net) In that respect, the temples dedicated to that all-embracing Divine Femininity are nothing to sneer at.

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The north portal of the church with a statue of Mary from the 14th century.

At first sight, the Collegiate Church in Kyllburg is nothing special, if I could use the words ‘not special’ when I speak about a God’s Temple at all (irrespective of what God it is all about).

It was even established more for political than for purely spiritual reasons.

But to me, it is a special one due to its beautiful interior with mysterious elements and its magnificent cloister. The construction of this Gothic church began in 1276 by Archbishop Heinrich II of Trier.

The high altar with the stone figure of Mary dating from 1350.

 

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The pieces of furnishing in the church that I like most are the choir stalls from the beginning of the 14th century that came from St. Thomas Monastery.

In fact, the major part of the furnishings in the church was gathered or bought from other temples.

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The Rococo pulpit, bought at the beginning of the 19th century, came also from another church. Around it, there are a few tombstones.

The most remarkable among them are those of the knights Konrad (the first one) and Johann (the last one) of Brandscheit, who died at the beginning of the 15th century.

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The tabernacle to the right from the end of the 15th century, and to the left – the tombstone of Johann of Schönenburg from 1540.

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An altar from 1629, dedicated to Saint Anne. As a proto-goddess and proto-mother, Anne has also her roots in a number of other ancient goddesses, like Anahita, Ananta, Anat, Inanna, and so on and so forth, as well as Juno and Diana (Di-Anna). (Information source: the website artedea.net)

Since the Late Middle Ages, the altars dedicated to her are often depicted this way – as a Trinity, in honor of the motherhood and the Divine Feminine, with the proto-goddess (Saint Anne) to the right, the Sun (Jesus) in the middle, and the Moon (Virgin Mary) to the left.

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Yet to me, the most magical part of the Catholic churches is undoubtedly the cloister.

The cloister here, built in the 14th century, is full of tombstones, altar pieces (again from St. Thomas Monastery), as well as other elements.

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The cloister yard, known as Paradies…

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….with its sundial from 1770.

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