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In Cologne-Niehl particularly worth is the 1260 consecrated church "Old St. Catherine", also called "Niehler Dömchen". The Romanesque west tower of the church, which probably dates from the 12th century, is the oldest building in Niehl.
The Niehler Dömchen, the little sister from Cologne Cathedral, was once the only house of God far and wideall and the residents of Nippes and Mauenheim took a Sundays 45-minute walk in purchasing. They were rewarded for it with the extremely picturesque setting on the Rhine, which can also be nowadays not disturbed by the nearby Ford plant, nor by the Niehler port or through the traffic on the adjacent Sebastianstreet.
The west tower and the three-aisled basilica of the Roman Niehler Dömchens were probably already in the middle of the 12th century, the choir was designed of the new Gothic style in the 13th century. In 1260 the Church of St. Catherine was consecrated. Since 1894 is the house of God is no longer a parish church, church services are usually held in New St. Catherine.
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