One church is awaiting to be shown in Trier too, and this is in fact one of my favorite churches that had impressed even Napoléon Bonaparte – this ‘cultural heritage destroyer’.
The present Church of St. Paulinus/ Pfarrkirche St. Paulin dedicated to the 4th-century Trier bishop Paulinus of Trier, was constructed 1734 – 1753 as a third temple on the place.
Its Baroque and Rococo (my favorite styles) interior is related for the most part to the architect Balthasar Neumann, whom I’ve already mentioned once.
The ciborium altar, crafted by Ferdinand Tietz (see here).
Choir stalls crafted also by him.
The painted ceiling depicting the life of St. Paulinus and the Theban Legion as there was a legend according to which the first temple was constructed on a grave field where the remains of the soldiers were lying.
In 1953, the church was granted the title of Basilica minor.
Although already deconsecrated…
and despite its ‘contemporary’ construction (between 1905 and 1907)
and its ‘plain’ Romanesque Revival style, the Church of St. Paul/St.Paulus-Kirche was a special one.
Not only because of its mythical ornamentation.
There was a grave inside of the temple – of Hieronymus Jaegen – a banker and…. a mystic. And there was a book there, where you could write your deepest wishes down and prey to the beatified man.
I won’t show you any other churches in Trier, because they are so many anyway.
I will offer some architectural details from the buildings of one particular street instead – Saarstrasse – Sarre Street, built in the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
I am really impressed by this peaceful ‘co-existence’ of St. Peter and Mercury.
and some religious statues in the old center:
Crucifix on the eastern wall of the church of St. Gangolf,
Archway with crucifix from 1909,
Renaissance portal of a former noble Metternicher Hof,
Façade detail from a former guild house from 1737.
St. George Fountain/Georgsbrunnen built 1750-1751 by the architect of the Electoral Palace/Kurfürstliches Palais (see here) is considered one of the most beautiful German Rococo fountains. You remember what was said about the Trier Main Market (part 1).