Sights of the Southern Rhine
An excellent example of Late Romanesque architecture
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.
It has a large apse at the east end and entry is through the west door.
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.
The wall painting on the north arcade tells the story of St Severus, a weaver, who became bishop of Ravenna in Italy.
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.
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.
The brightly coloured stained glass window in the south aisle were made by a local artist in the late 1980s.
This is a most attractive church and is open daily between 9-5.
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