The Basilica

The Basilica of St. Vitus

The Basilica of St. Vitus in Mönchengladbach is a catholic church in the heart of the city. From 974 to 1802 the minster was the abbey church within the Benedictine abbey of Gladbach. In 1974 to mark the 84th Catholics Day celebrations in Germany and the one thousandth anniversary of the founding of the abbey the church was elevated by Pope Paul VI to the status of a ‘minor basilica’. A visit to the minster is an absolute must. Not only because the sacred building is the city’s emblematic landmark but also because from the Abteiberg (abbey hill) there’s a magnificent view over the city which spans the Gero lake, the remnant of the city wall, and the historic houses along Weiherstraße. Not to mention the abbey itself. It’s been here for centuries, a landmark which can be seen from miles around and is atmospherically illuminated in the evenings. The impressive building is close to the town hall, the city church and Abteiberg Museum with its sculpture garden – they’re all within easy walking distance. This is the beating heart of the city.

The Minster is open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.00 – 18.00 and can be visited free of charge.

The Basilica of St. Vitus
Abteistraße 41, 41061 Mönchengladbach

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