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Due to work on the high-speed line in The Netherlands, trains will not stop at the Schiphol station.

The Schiphol station can only be reached by local trains departing from Rotterdam. To reach Paris, Brussels or Antwerp, you must purchase a ticket from Rotterdam. Print then your travel confirmation to travel free between Rotterdam and Schiphol. This will be your ticket.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Due to work on the high-speed line in The Netherlands, trains will not stop at the Schiphol station.

The Schiphol station can only be reached by local trains departing from Rotterdam. To reach Schiphol, you must then purchase a ticket to Rotterdam. Print then your travel confirmation to travel free between Rotterdam and Schiphol. This will be your ticket.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Thalys International Team

Select Rotterdam station

 
 
 
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ÉGLISE STE-MARIE-DU-CAPITOLE
Marienplatz 19
Cologne

www.romanische-kirchen-koeln.de


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This church, which is almost hidden away even though it’s on the Heumarkt (a very popular square), is an oasis of calm steeped in history right in the middle of the city. A fine example of Romanesque architecture, it also houses the tomb of Charles Martel’s stepmother.

A committed lady in the Middle Ages


The Church of St. Maria im Kapitol is the largest of Cologne’s 12 Roman basilicas and a historical monument. Construction began in 690 AD and it started out simply as a temple. The building work was overseen by a lady called Plectrude, wife of Pepin of Herstal and stepmother of Charles Martel, who fought to stop it being built. This was how it came to be a church that was aimed primarily towards the “community of women”, founded by Cardinal Bruno during the 10th century. Plectrude, who was strongly involved in its development, is buried at the western end of the nave.


An important role


St. Maria im Kapitol is very important in Cologne, being the city’s most important church after the cathedral, and the place where the Cardinal of Cologne holds important services like those at Christmas and Easter. It’s also where you will find the famous Bramglocke (“Bram clock”), which was used to warn people in the event of a storm or fire. Inside, the 2 solid timber doors, over 4.5 m in height, date from 1060, and were an important element of the city’s artistic history.
A fascinating visit.

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