The basilica in Steinfeld was built between 1142 and 1150 as one of the earliest German vaulted churches in the Romanesque style. In terms of art history, this church shows an ensemble of different architectural styles that follow one another. The harmonious combination of Romanesque architecture and the predominantly Baroque furnishings is outstanding.
The church, which has been allowed to call itself the papal basilica minor since 1960, is the resting place of Saint Hermann Josef von Steinfeld.
How great the popularity of the “Eifelheiligen” still is today is shown by the high number of visitors at the services and the annually celebrated Hermann-Josef-Tuesdays. Pilgrims come from all directions to celebrate the Hermann-Josef festival together with the raising of the bones, the pontifical mass and the subsequent procession of relics.The festival takes place every year the weekend before pentecost.
The basilica is world famous for its historical König organ from 1727 with its unique sound. Organists from all over the world give concerts here.
Learn more about the basilica in the virtual tour – click on the “hot spots” on the map below.