St. Anne’s Church, Düren/Annakirche, Düren

In the 8th century, there was a Königspfalz/royal palace in Düren in the place where today St. Anne’s Church stands. Düren is one of the presumable birthplaces of Charlemagne. 748 was the year when the first chapel was mentioned.

In 1501, the relics of St. Anne were stolen from the St. Stephen Church in Mainz and brought to Düren (see also the publication about the Imperial Abbey of Kornelimünster), but on March 18, 1506 Pope Julius II decided  that Düren could keep the remains. So, the Church of St. Martin, where they were kept, was renamed to Church of St. Anne. The rather contemporary appearance of the present church is a result of seven consecutive constructions of the temple.

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The present building dates from 1956.

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The relic shrine of Saint Anne.

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The south portal has remained from the Late Gothic construction of the church in the 16th century.

These sculpture groups were part of an altar in the previous building.

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The old weathercock from 1622 at the atrium of the church.

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New-Gothic font from the 19th-century building.

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The Renaissance choir stalls from 1563 – an extremely beautiful and interesting masterpiece – also part of the furnishing of the predecessor building.

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I just love all these mythical and mystical figures on them.

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