Dom St. ViktorSt. Victor's Cathedral
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St. Victor's Cathedral

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The Romanesque-Gothic Xanten Cathedral with its very imposing double tower front is a high-ranking European architectural monument. At the same time it represents a further visible landmark that marks a worshipped sanctuary during an early Christian time.

The legend ascribes the founding of the church to Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great who had established the first building above Saint Victor's grave.

The canon convent of St. Victor persisted for about one thousand years.

Today, the former Collegiate Church is not just a spiritual centre of the Catholic Provost Congregation St. Victor but also the final resting place of martyrs from the NS period, important pilgrimage destination situated along the Route of Santiago de Compostela in the lower Rhine region, event location for church music concerts, tourist magnet and often photographed motive for postcards.

For over 1600 years, the church has attracted praying men and women, pilgrims and visitors. In 1936 the cathedral was elevated to a pontifical basilica minor. More information is available on the website of the Cathedral Construction Society.

Society for the conservation of the Xanten Cathedral:

Link to the animation film regarding the construction of St. Victor's Cathedral 

Details regarding the cathedral's construction history are located in Room 2 of the Chapter Museum.


Open guided tour

The Chapter Museum offers an open guided tour every Sunday at 2.30pm. (During the summer season April to September)

The tour takes about an hour. Solely the usual admission charge for the museum has to be paid. The guided tour itself is for free!