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St. Mathias Church, Trier

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St. Matthias' Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.The abbey church, a Romanesque basilica, is a renowned place of pilgrimage because of the tomb of Saint Matthias the Apostle, after whom the abbey is named, located here since the 12th century, and the only burial of an apostle in Germany and north of the Alps. The abbey was originally named after Saint Eucharius, first Bishop of Trier, whose tomb is in the crypt. The church has been given the status of a basilica minor.HistoryFirst foundationMonks have lived in the present St. Matthias' Abbey since late antiquity. The monastery adopted the Rule of St. Benedict in about 977.Since the 10th century the bones of the founders of the Archbishopric of Trier, bishops Eucharius and Valerius, have been preserved here.The bones of the Apostle Matthias were supposedly sent to Trier on the authority of the Empress Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I, but the relics were only discovered in 1127 during demolition work on the predecessor of the present church buildings, since which time the abbey has been a major centre of pilgrimage.
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Where to stay in Trier

Trier offers a small selection of places to stay within the city. A youth hostel and a camper parking equipped with showers and toilet but no power caters to the budget travelers visiting the city. For more comfort, look for hotels in the Olewig area or Porta Nigra. Several four-star hotels provide even more luxury at relatively affortable price.
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  • This is one of the most revered temples of Trier – despite the fact that from there to the Hauptmarkt Platz are almost 3 kilometers. It is where Kaiserstrasse is coming close to the railroad. Inside t...  more »
  • I needed to see Saint Mathew for my apostle collection having seen Saint Peter, Paul, and Mark and a few others that escape me at the moment. The church is a way from downtown Trier and when we arrive...  more »
  • We tried and tried to find this church. Once we had given up, it was suddenly in front of us. It is a small but beautiful place. So if you are nearby it would be worth your while to stop by and take a...  more »
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  • Beautiful Basilica with the only Apostle Tomb North of the Alps. Unfortunately, this important church with many tourists comes too short, because it is located just outside the Centre. There was not much going on during my visit. Particularly impressive is the crypt with tombs is enlarged back to their original length.
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  • Superb with a place before putting forward its architecture
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  • Every year around Ascension we go on a pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle and are always warmly received! The Abbey and at all trier is wonderful!
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  • Great place, great people.
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