St. Irminen

The Roman storehouses on the Moselle form the original structure for the former convent St. Irminen. Busy ship traffic on the Moselle was common already during the Roman era, and therefore large storehouses, the so-called horrea, were built near the river bank. These halls later went from the Romans into the hands of the Frankish kings. King Dagobert I (622-638) donated these buildings to the Trier Archbishop Modoald, who then founded a Benedictine convent in them.

The first two abbesses were Modesta, a relative of Modoald's, and later the daughter of King Dagobert II, St. Irmina (707). In the 12th as well as in the 18th century, the convent underwent massive structural alterations.

In 1768-1771, a single-aisled church dedicated to St. Irmina was built according to plans by Jean Antoine. The women's convent existed until 1802. Later, during the Napoleonic era, the buildings once again took over new functions which they partly still serve today: hospital, nursing home, senior residence, rehabilitation centre.

Of interest to the visitor is also the west wing of the former convent, which was impressively remodelled following severe damage in WWII.