Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg, Regensburg

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Relatively plain and unassuming from the outside, Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg is world-famous for its highly decorated Rococo interior. One of the city's major attractions, the core of the church is believed to be well over a thousand years old. The building's Gothic vaulted ceilings, along with several other main features, were added to the structure during the Middle Ages. Most of the rich interior decorations date to the 18th century, when Rococo was much in fashion all over Europe. Walk inside to see the site's famous image of the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus. Remember: You can take photos only if no church service is in progress while you're there. Plan your Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg visit and explore what else you can see and do in Regensburg using our Regensburg trip itinerary planning tool.
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  • Pros: Great location for enjoying Alt Stadt, comfortable lobby, nice bar area (but unable to get drinks in the evening during long check in line), Cons: Parking is $10 with no guaranteed spaces. I....  more
    Pros: Great location for enjoying Alt Stadt, comfortable lobby, nice bar area (but unable to get drinks in the evening during long check in line), Cons: Parking is $10 with no guaranteed spaces. I....  more »
  • Amazing small basilica, wish I had the chance of seeing this one closer but the center of it was closed. Loved how bright the colors were towards the ceiling 
    Amazing small basilica, wish I had the chance of seeing this one closer but the center of it was closed. Loved how bright the colors were towards the ceiling  more »
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  • Awe inspiring architecture and art. The gilded ceiling and art work is as intricate as it is amazing. The front door was not open but I was assured that we could in fact enter. Very glad we did!
  • The Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady is the oldest Catholic place of worship in Bavaria and one of the most important churches in Regensburg. It is located on Alter Kornmarkt to the east of Dom St. Peter's in the historic city centre. The church was originally founded around 1000 when a Romanesque abbey was built at this location. In the 18th-century the interior nave was given a Baroque and Rococo redesign. It is considered a Rococo masterpiece in the manner of the Wessobrunn School. The exterior is rather subtle and unassuming. However, once you enter the main chapel area, you will see an immaculate nave and interior with ornate decoration, endless gilding, artworks, ceiling fresco and elaborate high altar. There is much to feast your eyes upon within Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady. It is well worth simply taking a seat and enjoying what is around and above you within the church. Note, you can conveniently visit Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady before or after other interesting churches in the area. These include the Carmelite Church of St. Joseph on the other side of the square and St. Peter's Cathedral just a couple minutes walk west of this location.

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