Sights of the Southern Rhine

St Severus Church, Boppard


An excellent example of Late Romanesque architecture


Boppard is an attractive small town on the Middle Rhine and dominated by the twin towers of St Severus Church with their white plaster and stone walls.

St Severus Church, Boppard

It has a large apse at the east end and entry is through the west door.
 
St Severus Church, Boppard  St Severus Church, Boppard

There has been a church on this site since the C5th when the Roman Army was withdrawn and a church was built over the Roman bathhouse. The baptismal font from this church still survives below the nave and its position is marked by black lines on the nave just inside the west door. The present baptistry is in the south transept. The present building dates from the C13th and is one of the best examples of a late Romanesque church in Rhineland.

Inside it is a very tall and narrow church with solid square pillars supporting round arches. Above is a triforium with the clerestory windows above. All the arches and ceiling ribs are painted.

St Severus Church, Boppard

St Severus Church, Boppard

St Severus Church, Boppard

The wall painting on the north arcade tells the story of St Severus, a weaver, who became bishop of Ravenna in Italy.

St Severus Church, Boppard

Steps lead up to the chancel apse with a C13th triumphal crucifix hanging from the ceiling. This is unusual as it shows Christ crowned as a victor over death rather than the more usual suffering image of Christ. 

St Severus Church, Boppard

The side aisles are much lower. At the end of the north aisle is a small chapel. Above the altar is a C13th carving of the Virgin with the Christ Child.
 
St Severus Church, Boppard

The brightly coloured stained glass window in the south aisle were made by a local artist in the late 1980s.

St Severus Church, Boppard

This is a most attractive church and is open daily between 9-5.

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