Imperial Abbey of Kornelimünster

Abbey Church of Kornelimünster

To visit the otherwise very beautiful town of Kornelimünster on a very cold and windy day isn’t a very pleasant thing, but maybe it cannot be different as Aachen (to the district of which Kornelimünster belongs) and its area are notorious for their bad weather and in Aachen, there is even a monument of the weather – named Aachener Wetter or Regenschirmdamen.

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The Monastery of the Redeemer on the Inde (River) was founded in AD 814 by Emperor Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne and his successor, and his mentor, the Visigoth Abbot Benedict of Aniane. It was granted among others very important Saviour’s relics from the Aachen Reliquary – namely, a loincloth (linteum Domini), a sudarium (sudarium Domini), a shroud (sindon munda), and a sliver from the cross.

In 875, Charles the Bald received half of the shroud for the founding of his monastery in Compiegne, in exchange for the skullcap and the right arm of Saint-Pope Cornelius, who was largely venerated during the Middle Ages






(statue of Cornelius at the entrance to the church),






as well as a relic of the head of Bishop Cyprian







(statue of Cyprian at the entrance of the church).





So, in 1028 the Monastery of Inda changed its name to Monasterium St. Cornelii ad Indam and later to Kornelimünster. In the middle of the 9th century, it was declared Imperial Abbey.

The south portal of the abbey church with the statues of St. Salvator/the Savior and Regina Mundi/the Queen of the World.

The church underwent several reconstructions and extensions over the centuries. From the Baroque interior decoration in the 17th century is still the high altar preserved with its painting by a Rubens’ pupil.


To the left is the statue of Saint Cornelius from AD 1460.


St. Anne’s altar, crafted in 1501 on the occasion of the temporary hosting of the relic of the head of Saint Anne on its way to Düren.


Altar of Mary.


Altar of Saint Benedict.


Golgotha – a mural painting from the beginning of the 16th century.


The organ case from 1760.


The Late Gothic vault paintings.


The interesting choir vault.


The baptismal font from AD 700.


The Cornelius Chapel from 1706, which stands right behind the high altar.

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One of the portals to the abbey buildings.

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