Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne

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Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne
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Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne is located in Bristol
Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or cityBristol
Coordinates51°27′22″N 2°35′50″W / 51.456121°N 2.597164°W / 51.456121; -2.597164Coordinates: 51°27′22″N 2°35′50″W / 51.456121°N 2.597164°W / 51.456121; -2.597164

The Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne is a church in Colston Street, near the top of Christmas Steps, Bristol, England. It has been designated as a Grade II* listed building.[1][2]

The Three Kings of Cologne refers to the Biblical Magi. The dedication is a reference to the Chapel of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral.[3][4] One of the windows shows the nativity of Jesus, which may have contributed to the naming of the Christmas Steps.[5][6]

The chapel was built by John Foster in 1504. He was the local High Sheriff, mayor and member of parliament for the city.[7] The church serves as the chapel for Foster's Almshouses.[8] The master of the almshouses was responsible for the maintenance of the chapel and appointing a priest.[9]

It was refaced and roofed in 1861 by Foster and Wood, with further restoration in 1865 which included niches for the installation of carvings.[3][8] The three current statues were designed by Ernest Pascoe and installed in the 1960s.[10][11] On the gable above the statues is a small bellcote.[2]

Current use[edit]

As of 2007 the adjoining Foster's Almshouses have been remodeled into private residences, with the chapel available for the use of residents.


  1. ^ "Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
  2. ^ a b "Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne, Colston Street, Bristol". Historic England. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ Flaneur, B. "The Three Kings of Cologne Chapel, The John Foster Almshouse, Bristol". The Antics Roadshow blog. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Christmas Steps: Ghosts, myths and fish 'n' chips". BBC. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Christmas Steps How did iconic street get its festive name?". Bristol Post. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Mountney, Hugh (2003). The Three Holy Kings of Cologne: How They Journeyed from Persia to Cologne and Their Veneration in England. Gracewing. p. 7. ISBN 9780852444078.
  8. ^ a b Brace, Keith (1976). Portrait of Bristol. London: Robert Hale. ISBN 0-7091-5435-6.
  9. ^ Ross, Charles Derek (1959). Cartulary of St. Mark's Hospital, Bristol, Volume 21. Bristol Record Society. pp. 287–288.
  10. ^ Foyle, Andrew (2004). Bristol (Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides). Yale University Press. p. 132. ISBN 978-0300104424.
  11. ^ "Beyond The Walls Three Kings of Cologne". About Bristol. Retrieved 23 October 2016.

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