Cappenberg Palace in Selm is one of the most important examples of Westphalian baroque monastic architecture. The architecture of the mighty three-winged complex is based on the principle of uncomplicated large-scale forms, which can also be found in the monastery buildings in Corvey and Marienfeld, which were built at about the same time. There are many indications that this complex was one of the oldest and most famous noble castles in Westphalia, whose roots go back to the Carolingian era.
The collegiate church of Cappenberg is a three-nave Romanesque pillar basilica that was completed in 1148. At the end of the 14th century, St. John the Evangelist was Gothically reworked and vaulted. The church is furnished with valuable objects: choir stalls, two important tombs, triumphal cross, winged altar by the "Master of Cappenberg" and many other precious objects can be found there. The collegiate church is closed for renovation until at least the end of 2021.
Take a stroll with us through the past, present and future on the Cappenberg Schlossberg and through the exhibition rooms that have not yet been reopened! Guests will look behind the scenes and learn about the redesign of the castle, which the district of Unna and the LWL are striving for, especially in the south wing.