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014: Bonn Minster
The Bonn Minster (or: Bonn Münster) is one of the oldest churches in Germany. The city of Bonn was founded by the Romans in the first century: it started as a fortress, Castra Bonnensia, Around 235 AD, two Christian Roman soldiers, Cassius and Florentius, refused the emperor’s orders to kill fellow Christians and to worship a Roman God. They were martyred, together with a large number of legionaries. Both Cassius and Florentinus were beheaded on what is believed the present location of the Minster. In the 4th century, a shrine was built over their graves. through the centuries, the construction was extended to a small church that was demolished in 1050. A new church was constructed, between the 11th and 13th centuries, with five towers: one central circular tower, and quare flanking towers on the west, and slender turrets in the east. The church, which suffered significant damage in WWII, became a papal minor basilica in 1956.
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