Trinity Church Cologne

Trinitatis Church Cologne

Gürzenich Choir Cologne of 1827

The Gürzenich Choir in the Trinity Church Cologne

The Promise of Living​

Sunday, 07.11.2021, 5 p.m

Georg Friedrich Händel – Saul, Oratorium für Soli, Chor und Orchester

Georg Friedrich Händel

Wednesday, 29.12.2021, 6 p.m.

Gürzenich Chor Irish Evening

Irish Evening

Sunday, 15.05.2022, 6.00 pm

Trinity Church Cologne

The Trinitatiskirche Köln occupies an important place in Cologne’s cultural scene. Located in the old town of Cologne, the church provides the perfect venue for classical concerts and many other events. The outstanding acoustics provide a fantastic sound experience for concert-goers. The Cologne Church Association puts together a high-quality programme for the Trinitatiskirche every year, including various concerts, readings, lectures and many other cultural events.

History of the Trinity Church Cologne

The history of the Trinitatiskirche Cologne is firmly linked to the history of the Protestants in Cologne, whose worship was not permitted in Cologne for several centuries. In the 16th century, members of the “wrong” denomination were even persecuted and imprisoned. It was enough to be suspected of not attending Catholic services. With the beginning of the French occupation, the situation of the Protestants eased. They guaranteed the Protestant inhabitants of Cologne the religious freedom they urgently needed. The Antonite Church, built especially for this purpose at the beginning of the 19th century, was the prelude to the construction of further churches. The rapidly growing Protestant community made it necessary to build more churches in Cologne. King Friedrich Wilhelm IV also lobbied for this and so the plans for the construction of the Trinitatiskirche (Trinity Church) were drawn up and construction began in 1857. Friedrich August Stüler, a well-known master builder from Berlin, had conceived the design at the time. Under the construction supervision of Eduard Kramer, the concept was now implemented. The south-facing gallery basilica consists of three naves, with a polygonal apse adjoining the central nave. With a height of over 40 metres, the steeple of the Trinitatiskirche dominated the image of Cologne’s old town for many years.

Trinity Church under reconstruction

With the beginning of the Second World War, the omens darkened and the war was the cause of numerous bombing raids by the Allied forces. The Trinity Church also felt the effects of this and the church was finally almost completely destroyed between 1942 and 1943. After the war, reconstruction of the Trinity Church began in 1953 and was completed in 1965. The Cologne sculptor Kurt-Wolf von Borries created the altar, the pulpit and the cross for the reopened church. In 1982, the Trinitatiskirche was declared a listed building. Since 2009, you can admire the beautiful Klais organ in the northern gallery. This was also the start of its use as a cultural and event venue. Since then, Cologne’s cultural and music scene has enjoyed numerous concerts, readings and many other cultural highlights. In 2020, the Trinitatiskirche underwent extensive renovation. This included both the main and ancillary buildings, as well as the entire technology of the place of worship.

This year, too, the organisers of the church are trying to offer many new events. Many of the events are free of charge. KVS Tickets also tries to offer you high-quality events of the Cologne choirs as a partner in Ticketing.

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